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‘Just another great festival’

On Saturday, Charlotte Peterson looks over a table full of mini Christmas trees at the Festival of Trees at the Kitsap Pavilion. She attended the event with friends, Faye Rogers, left, and Lois Smith, right.  - Photo by Jim Bryant
On Saturday, Charlotte Peterson looks over a table full of mini Christmas trees at the Festival of Trees at the Kitsap Pavilion. She attended the event with friends, Faye Rogers, left, and Lois Smith, right.
— image credit: Photo by Jim Bryant

Tired from their labors of love and desire to help the community, organizers of the Festival of Trees event last weekend at the Kitsap Pavilion are nonetheless basking in their success.

The festival is a principal fundraiser for Harrison Hospital in the community. According to Harrison Foundation Executive Director Stephanie Cline, the foundation has not yet tabulated how much money was raised or the event’s overall attendance figures.

“It was just another great festival,” Cline said Monday afternoon, “with support coming, as usual, from all over the community.”

Cline said attendees at the festival said the trees were “bigger and better” than ever.

The auction of trees saw the top tree earn $5,100 from a bidder who Cline said would wish to remain anonymous. That bidder, in turn, donated the tree back to Harrison Hospital Silverdale where it will be located in one of the building’s several lobbies.

Cline said the tree which earned the top auction price was also named “Best of Show” and was created by the Dr. Maurice S. Mathis Guild — another group in the community which raises money for Harrison Hospital.

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