"Every year we do some sort of fundraiser for the two charities. It went really well. We raised a total, including all the trees, of approximately $1,500," said Chamber President Glenda Pryor. There were ten trees in the silent auction, and five in the live auction.
"We decided to try the tree auctions because it has become harder and harder to find homes for a holiday tour. The idea came to us (fundraising committee) last year, and the chamber really liked the idea," said Pryor. After deciding how the auctions would operate, the chamber approved buying some trees. "After Christmas last year, I went and bought 17 trees, at half price. The groups or organizations could get them at the reduced price," Pryor said.
A committee began talking to organizations and businesses to get them to purchase a tree and get the word out about the auctions. "After a business or organization decided to sponsor a tree, we delivered their chosen tree and they became responsible for decorating it," Pryor said.
After the business decorated them, the trees were put on display for a couple of weeks before the auction. "After the trees were auctioned off, we wrapped them in Saran wrap, and we had a group that had raised money for delivery costs. Some were delivered over the weekend and the rest were delivered on Monday, Dec. 3," Pryor said.
"The tree auction raised more money than we have in the past, so we are able to spread it out more," Pryor said. The Mammoth Spring Chamber of Commerce is already discussing more ideas for next year to improve the Christmas Tree Auction, which is on its way to becoming a Mammoth Spring Holiday tradition.