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Festival of Trees secures $50k for City Pool

Thursday, December 23, 2021
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Children visit Mrs. Claus during the Festival of Trees event.

The Festival of Trees, hosted by Friends of the Red Lodge Pool, raised just over $25,000 for the city pool, which was matched, dollar for dollar, by the Hansberger Family Foundation, totaling $50,542.A total 486 people came out to support the pool, including Tricksy the Elf and Mrs. Claus.“The festival of trees was a fulfilling and gratifying event. With the help and backing of this wonderful mountain community, we were able to raise over $50k for our community pool. Thanks to each and every one of you!” said Debbie Shefner, Founder of Friends of the Red Lodge Pool.The event began with a Children’s Tea with Mrs. Claus in the Roosevelt Center’s conference room. The space was transformed into a winter wonderland by AmeriCorps Red Team 4 volunteers.  Children of all ages were able to meet Mrs. Claus and had the opportunity to make crafts to take home for the holidays.  Beth Korth led the packed crafts table, assisted by volunteers from Red Lodge High School. Tea was provided by Phoenix Pearl Tea in town and tea sandwiches were donated from Wild Table and Inn on the Beartooth.HERO’S STEAM Center opened their workshop doors to teach children about laser cutting and provided wooden Christmas trees and reindeer ornaments that they were able to paint to commemorate the 2021 holidays. Tricksy the Elf entertained and astonished children with magic tricks and balloons.The Red Lodge community came together to bid on nearly 40 silent auction items donated by local businesses and artists, as well as over 30 fully decorated trees that glittered and shown throughout the auditorium during the event.Lisa and Justin Satterfield, along with pianist Madeline Muirhead and Homebrewed Harmony, an acapella group comprised of Red Lodge Area Community Foundation members and friends, performed holiday music.Three large tables were covered with treats, pies, cookies, and other delicious goodies, each of the bake sale items were donated by members of the community.“It was absolutely a tribute to how generous the residents of Carbon County are and inspiring to see the amount of time people took out to donate what they could to help the pool,” said Shefner.Twenty volunteers came from all areas of the Carbon County community, including high school students, members of community congregations, local business owners and musicians. In total they compiled nearly over 450 volunteer hours.