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Daughters of Isabella looking for sponsors for Christmas Tree fundraiser

MADAWASKA, Maine — Members of the local chapter of the Daughters of Isabella are putting on their first Christmas Tree Festival from Nov. 30 to Dec. 2 and are looking for donations from businesses and community members.

The Daughters of Isabella is a non-profit Catholic group of women, who “do good things throughout the community,” according to Deadra Schlicher, the local chapter’s chairperson. The women will use the money raised to make care packages for cancer patients, Christmas stockings for nursing home residents, and funding scholarships for high school seniors.

Schlicher is looking for businesses and community members to sponsor the festival by donating a decorated tree, around 4-feet tall, and surrounding it with presents.

As an example of what they are looking for, Schlicher said she attended a similar event in Presque Isle where the trees were themed, including a tree that had “Crayola crayons and coloring books decorating it and as the gifts. Another tree was a beach theme with tons of items that you would want for the beach, and another one had just toys.”

Schlicher some businesses could decorate their donated tree based on the type of business they are or products they sell.

“The variety is what makes the event so exciting in that each tree is unique,” she said.

So far, the cause has 15 businesses signed up, including NorState, Madtown Clothing, P&E Distribution and Lajoie Funeral Home, to name a few, according to Schlicher.

“People are responding well and wanting to participate, because it’s something different,” she said. “It is also for a great cause.”

Tree-donating participants will be able to set their tree up at the Knights of Columbus Hall at 172 Fox St. two days prior to the event. Then, Nov. 30 through Dec. 2, members of the public will be able to view the trees and buy raffle tickets for whichever tree they would want to win. Winners get to keep the tree, as well as decorations and gifts affiliated with that tree.

Organizers are hoping this will become an annual event.

For more information, email deadraschlicher@gmail.com.

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