Jackson County Community Foundation embraces the holidays with Celebration of Decorations

Katelyn Waltemyer
Jackson Newspapers
Kathy Cobb, owner of Defining Moments Party Rentals, decorates a table for Thursday's auction.

RIPLEY — Jackson County's Community Foundation is decking Cedar Lakes' new assembly hall for its second annual Celebration of Decorations fundraiser. 

Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 2, the event will begin at 6 p.m. When auctioneers step inside, they'll be transported to a winter wonderland filled with 15 meticulously decorated trees, 12 Christmas-themed wreaths. 

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Each item was donated by an individual, organization or business that has already selected a fund the money from the auction will go toward. For example, the Glow Movement donated a tree and the money garnered from it will go to the Jackson County community grant fund. 

The topper for the Dr. Seuss tree donated by the Ravenswood Library is Cat in the Hat.

The hall will be lined with trees and wreaths for the event. Some are doused with sparkles, while others, like the miniature tree donated by Ravenswood's Library, is covered in Dr. Seuss ornaments. 

When participants arrive, either on Zoom or in person, they will need to register for the auction by providing their name, address and contact information like phone or email. 

The auction will be held in a hybrid setting  people can participate online if they don't want or can't attend in person. Misty Hamon, executive director of the county's community foundation, said last year the hybrid setting worked wonderfully. 

Last year the auction was held outside only, Hamon said she's excited to take advantage of the assembly hall so auctioneers can stay warm while helping the community. 

Money from the auction goes back into the community by building funds for future events, purchases and raising awareness about groups across the county.

The community foundation has more than 90 funds for local groups. Last year the auction put $36,000 in the funds. 

"We look and see what the needs are in the community, and then we connect the donor or the resource or create an agency to support those or fight that cause," Hamon said. 

Those who wish to participate through Zoom can access the event through this link. The meeting ID is 867 3388 6785 and the password is tree.

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— Katelyn Waltemyer (she/her) is the General Assignment and Enterprise Reporter for Jackson Newspapers in Jackson County, West Virginia. Have a news tip on local government or education? Or a good feature? You can reach Katelyn at kwaltemyer@jacksonnewspapers.com. Follow her on Twitter @Kate_Waltemyer.