Ripley is hosting it’s third annual Festival of Trees with an auction beginning at 6 p.m. this Saturday, Nov. 30 at the Morris Building located at 105 North Court Street in Ripley.
Missy Morris said she mimicked the idea from the Festival of Trees held at the Blennerhassett Hotel in Parkersburg, an event she enjoys attending every year.
“Ours is just on a smaller scale,” Morris said. “Although, we may have more than them this year.”
Morris said she believed the proceeds from the Blennerhassett event go to the Golden Seals organization.
“Ours, we decided we wanted to help as many local people as we could, so we decided that we would do 50 percent to the person who donates and 50 percent to the person who buys it,” Morris said.
Basically the donor of the item decides to keep their share or donate it to the charity of their choice. The buyer then selects the charity they wish their part of the profits to go toward. Morris said sometimes both parties choose the same charity allowing that one charity to receive 100 percent of the profits from that particular sale.
“We keep nothing,” Morris said. “This is strictly done to help local people and organizations.”
Morris said the displays this year include 27 trees and five smaller items, such as wreaths and other holiday displays.
“It’s a good possibility that over 60 charities could benefit from this,” Morris said. “Last year we had about 25 organizations that benefited, but we only had 15 trees.”
According to Morris, trees go for anywhere from $175 for smaller items to $2,000 for the larger ones. In 2018, she said they raised around $12,500 for local charities and organizations and she hopes this year will be even bigger.
Award winning auctioneer Daniel Mitchell will be donating his time to auction off the items at this year’s Festival of Trees event.
Trees will be on public display every day from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. until the auction begins at 6 p.m. on Saturday. Doors open at 5 p.m.