By CHERIL VERNON
Cars of Palestine’s Christmas tree won the best decorated tree award in the Dogwood Garden Club’s Festival of Trees event Saturday at the Palestine Mall.
Eighteen non-profit organizations participated in the event by decorating their own tree. The public had an opportunity to vote on their favorite tree from Dec. 1 through Dec. 8 at the mall.
At the end of the voting period Saturday, a total of 1,293 votes were counted, Dogwood Garden Club President Linda Brown said.
Cars of Palestine won with 175 votes, winning the $750 grand prize. The tree was filled with ornaments made from toilet paper to raise awareness about the Cars of Palestine’s community project, “Potties for the Park.” The club is trying to raise funds to provide permanent restroom facilities at Davey Dogwood Park.
The second place award for best decorated tree went to Anderson County Gateway Partners with 146 votes, winning $500.
In third place was Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) with 122 votes, winning $250
“Congratulations to all who participated for a job well done on the uniqueness and creativity,” Brown said.
The following organizations participated: CASA of Trinity Valley; BARC, The Humane Society; Cars of Palestine; Rotary Club of Palestine; Anderson County Master Gardeners; DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution); Xi Alpha Gamma Lambda chapter of Beta Sigma Phi; Pionette Garden Club; Relay for Life; Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS); Lakeview Methodist Conference Center; Palestine High School Alumni Association; Anderson County Texas Democratic Women; Anderson County Gateway Community Partners; NAACP; Marvin Skeen Community Center; Anderson County Arts Council; and Anderson County Champions for Children.
The trees will be on display at the Palestine Mall through Dec. 27.
Due to the success of the event, Dogwood Garden Club more than likely will make the Festival of Trees an annual event.
“There will be some guideline changes as we find ways to improve it for next year,” Brown said.
The Palestine Mall is located at 2000 S. Loop 256.