Festival of Trees Weekend at Freeland's Apple Mountain

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FREELAND (WJRT) (11/09/17)-- Apple Mountain in Freeland is getting into the spirit of the season. It's all for this weekend's Festival of Trees, an event organized by the Junior League of the Great Lakes Bay Region.

"We turn Apple Mountain from a regular ballroom into the most magical Christmas experience. We have over 114 items, trees, wreaths and decorations," said Assistant Event Chair Sara Wallace.

Each tree will be raffled off on Sunday. They all come with different themes and concepts, decorated by a variety of businesses and community groups.

"We have this one here from the Bay City Public Schools, focusing on their reading program, and then here we have Wonder Woman, Bat Girl and all of her friends. This tree was done by a past member of the Junior League who is now a sustainer," said Past President Abbe Adair.

Many of the trees come with bonus items attached. They include everything from toys to tools, bottles of beer and wine.

"My 96.1 provided a tree that includes tickets to Rick Springfield, Elf the Musical, and Boys to Men," said Assistant Event Chair Danielle Thurman.

Proceeds benefit the Junior League of the Great Lakes Bay Region's training programs, along with volunteer and outreach efforts.

"We give away two scholarships every year to two young ladies who are in college and live within in the Great Lakes Bay Region," said Wallace.

Cash that comes in will also go toward a health and fitness initiative.

"We spearhead a program called Kids Run the Nation. It's an after school running program that's currently in seven schools throughout our area," said Wallace.

Festival of Trees is the Junior League's biggest fundraising weekend of the year. Since 1987, it's brought in more than one million dollars, and the hope this time around, is to set a new single season record.

"Last year, we had about $85,000. We always shoot for that $100,000 dollars. Without that money, we don't get to do all the awesome things we do for our community," said Thurman.

The Festival of Trees opens at ten o'clock, Friday morning.

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