PHOTO GALLERY: Festival of Trees lights up the season

The Festival of Trees usually raises about $10,000 for the club which contributes to the community in various ways to help where help is needed. (Wendy Rigby/Estes Park Trail-Gazette)

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With themes like ugly sweaters, the Grinch, music and good vibes, 34 exquisitely decorated Christmas trees now decorate the lobby of the Estes Park Resort on Lake Estes.

The Quota Club sponsors the Festival of Trees which is a fundraiser for the philanthropic organization. The event usually raises about $10,000 for the club which contributes to the community in various ways to help where help is needed.

The Festival of Trees usually raises about $10,000 for the club which contributes to the community in various ways to help where help is needed. (Wendy Rigby/Estes Park Trail-Gazette)

“We work with the Estes Park Health Foundation to purchase ambulances,” explained Festival of Trees co-chair Lori Smith. “All the ambulances you see have a big Q on them. That’s our biggest fundraiser that we do. We also have a medical equipment supply closet based on need. People pay a deposit to check out equipment. There’s a huge need. You cannot rent hospital beds anywhere locally. People have surgery and they need a shower chair or a walker or just a pair of crutches.”

The Quota Club purchases the trees and gives them to volunteers who have about a month-and-a-half to decorate them. Businesses, artists, Rotarians and anyone with a flair for holiday fun can decorate one.

“We got this all set up Monday morning,” Smith said. “I think it’s one of the most fun events. The community is great. They support it. People buy tickets and put them in the boxes by the trees they like best. Then we have a drawing and give them away on Dec. 18th.”

The trees are on display until then, so drop by to see all of the beauty and creativity. Some of the trees come with goodies and some have gift certificates hanging on them.

“Anything to get people to buy tickets for them,” Smith pointed out. “It’s all for a good cause. We love setting up and watching all of the trees come in and meeting all of the people behind the trees.”

Four trees that hang on the wall were given away at the kick-off event on Wednesday evening.

The Quota Club also hosts two other fundraisers in the spring — the Taste of Estes and a geranium sale.

To learn more about the Quota Club, go to estesparkquota.com. Questions? Reach the club at estesparkquota@gmail.com.

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