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Chat with Festival of Trees co-chair Lori Belcher

November 26, 2007

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The Festival of Trees, a benefit for The Shelter Inc., kicks off Monday. Ask co-chair Lori Belcher what to expect at this year's event.

Moderator:

Hi, everyone, and welcome to our chat. I'm Christy Little, your moderator. With me today is Judy Culley, director of The Shelter Inc., and Lorri Belcher and Denise Berland, publicity co-chairs for the Festival of Trees, which kicked off today at Liberty Hall, 642 Mass.

Lori Belcher:

Thanks Christy it's great to be here chatting with you.

Moderator:

First, can you tell us a little bit about the Festival of Trees? What will be new at this year's event?

Lori Belcher:

This is the 21st year for the Festival. It is a fundraiser for The Shelter Inc. Trees are decorated and donated by individuals or groups and then auctioned off. The trees are on display through Thursday and then will be delivered to the buyers on Friday. Every year we have new ideas for trees so that is always changing, but we also have a different Featured artist each year. This year we have Deb and Paul Chaussee from Riverfront Mosaics, who have created ornaments that feature an "all star, traveling, wild animal, angel band," which are for sale at the door.

reason:

How much does this event cost to have set up with food and all the drinks?
How much did the agency end with last year??

Lori Belcher:

Fortunately, we have sponsors and many in-kind donors who help to defray the cost of putting this event on. Last year The Festival raised more than $46,000.00.

ChristyLittle:

Could you tell us a little bit about The Shelter Inc., and whom it benefits?

Lori Belcher:

The Shelter serves children who are in the custody of the state or are at risk of being in the custody of the state. It has residential services for children and prevention and support services for children and families.

trombeck:

How much does a typical tree go for at the auction? What seems to determine the price?

Lori Belcher:

The trees sell for between $200 and $800 most often, but if there is great deal of interest in a particular tree it can go well beyond that. The price is determined by how many people are interested in any one tree.

Moderator:

We're almost out of time ... is there anything else you'd like to share about this year's festival?

Lori Belcher:

We have 56 beautiful trees with many different themes, and we'd love to have all of Lawrence see them, either at the auction or during our viewing hours. It's a great kick off to the holiday season and a truly wonderful community event.

Moderator:

Well, thank you for coming in today. We appreciate your time, and we hope your event is a success.

Lori Belcher:

Thank you for inviting us. We appreciate your interest.

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