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Spearfish Zonta Festival of Trees raises $56K

December 5, 2018

SPEARFISH — The hard work of the Zonta Club of Spearfish, combined with the generosity of the community, raised an estimated $56,000 and collected nearly 2,000 pounds of food for the local food pantry during the 27th annual Zonta Festival of Trees.

“All profits go directly back into our community through grants, scholarships, and clothing assistance,” Pattie Parrett, co-chair of the Zonta Festival of Trees, said, explaining that the total amount raised includes money raised for the Spearfish Community Food Pantry.

The festival took place Wednesday through Saturday at the W.S. Tretheway Pavilion in Spearfish City Park.

“While auction night is our big fundraiser, this four-day event is so much more!” Parrett said. “The senior tea is such a special event. We serve about 200 seniors and have wonderful entertainment during the event. There was a beautiful story of an elderly person who brightened up to the cheery person he once was when he was surrounded by the festive atmosphere!”

“The faces if the little children who come for the school tours is so precious,” she added. “It is all so magical to them.”

Saturday with Santa is another community event that gets bigger and bigger each year, Parrett said, adding that the wintry weather did not hamper attendance whatsoever.

“We have over 200 children visit with Santa, receive a free book donated by Pioneer Bank and Friends of Grace Bulloch Memorial Library, and listen to story time from our local librarian, write letters to Santa and are treated to fresh-baked muffins from Perkins and milk and juice from McDonalds,” she said.

Parrett explained that this year, the festival featured a new floor plan that created an easier flow, and she said that based on comments she heard from attendees, everyone seemed to like it.

Gloria Clark was the raffle winner of the trip to London.

Parrett thanked all of the sponsors, decorators, donors, volunteers, Cheyenne Crossing for the food during the social, and the Black Hills Pioneer for its contribution of advertising and sponsoring the auction night social.

“We have such a caring, generous community! Everyone seems so willing to participate, donate, and share in these festivities,” she said.

Parrett added that Zonta has a membership social on Wednesday, when members bring guests in the hopes of having them join.

“We discuss all that our Zontians do, and always get new members once they hear of our tireless efforts to support families in the community,” she said, adding that the group is always looking for more members. Anyone interested can contact Zonta through its Facebook page at www.Facebook.com/ZontaSpearfish.

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