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Opinion Letters Thanks for support of ‘Giving Trees’ exhibition

On behalf of everyone at The Bascom I’d like to express our deep appreciation to all of the area non-profits that provided decorated Christmas trees for our recent Giving Trees exhibition. During the exhibit, over 3,000 people visited and many made contributions in support of the participating organizations. It was especially gratifying to see families touring the exhibit and children making decisions about where to give their contributions.

The exhibit itself was gorgeous and the tree decorations were spectacularly creative. Every single tree was decorated in a way that perfectly reflected each group’s mission.

The Giving Trees were launched in a spirited manner on Nov. 12 with The Bascom’s 2nd Annual ‘Nog Off. Despite fierce and friendly competition and a very close resulting tally, our voters thoughtfully and carefully considered each choice several times and choose the 2011 Winner: Hillrie Quinn. We thank all of the runners-up: Debbie Grossman and Lisa Wilker and Penny Mawyer and Janis Fisher.

The Giving Trees created such a festive setting that we decided to hold a series of Holiday Story times on Saturday afternoons and we are extremely grateful to our volunteer storytellers Ken Wheeler, Bill McClendon and Ed Morse. Live music provided by Sarah Harkins and Bryan Heller made these events all the more special for our visitors.

It is our hope that all of the participating organizations and more will take part in the Giving Trees again next year. We believe there are additional ways we might all work together during this season of sharing and caring to raise awareness of the great variety of non-profits in our region. We welcome ideas from the community as well as the participant groups regarding activities you’d like to see take place at The Bascom.

With grateful thanks to everyone who made the Giving Trees come alive: Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Highlands, Blue Ridge Free Dental Clinic, Cashiers Highlands Humane Society, Cashiers Valley Preschool, Center for Life Enrichment, Community Care Clinic of Highlands-Cashiers, Friends of Haiti, Gilliam’s Promise, Highlands Biological Station and Nature Center, Highlands Cashiers Community Players, Highlands Cashiers Hospital, Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust, Highlands Emergency Council, Highlands Historical Preservation Society, Highlands Plateau Greenway, Highlands Playhouse, Highlands School Athletic Booster Club, Highlands School PTA, International Friendship Society, Jackson-Macon Conservation Alliance, Literacy Council of Highlands, The Mountain, North Carolina Bartram Trail Society, The Pantry, Performing Arts Center, R.E.A.C.H. of Macon County, Relay for Life/American Cancer Society, Summit Charter School, Vinca Capital Foundation and the Mountain Garden Club.

Here’s to an outstanding 2012!

Jane Jerry
Executive Director, The Bascom


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