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Festival of Trees returns to Champlain Centre Sunday

PLATTSBURGH Champlain Centre will once again be decorated with holiday cheer as the Advocacy and Resource Center of Clinton County hosts the second annual Festival of Trees. The event, which will be held at the Smithfield Boulevard mall this Sunday, Nov. 23, through Sunday, Nov. 30, will once again raise funding and awareness of the organizations mission to help the developmentally disabled and their families in the community. Clinton County ARC executive director Theresa Garrow said the event went so well last year, the organization decided to host it again. We wanted to do a couple signature events as an agency, Garrow said of the events origination. Weve been in the community for over 50 years and were not very well known. And, as a human services agency, you sometimes feel like youre always taking and not necessarily giving back. So, we just thought this would be a really nice event for the children and the community. Individuals, businesses and civic groups will sponsor more than 35 decorated holiday trees that will be showcased at the malls inside entrance of Gander Mountain. The trees, which were underwritten by Empire BlueCross, will be available by a drawing from donations made. Its Garrows hope the community will come together again this year for a beautiful display and to have a good time, she said. I had so much fun watching them being decorate last year, said Garrow. Some places would send three or four people, some would send more, but theyd just laugh and have a good time. It really was a good way to bring people together and enjoy the season. What it shows, at some level, there is support for those with developmental and intellectual disabilities, not necessarily in a direct way, but an indirect way, added Garrow. Its embracing us and the people we serve are part of the community. People dont have to make a donation, but they can if they would like. The cost to enter the drawing for the trees will be $5 per ticket. Winning tickets will be drawn Saturday, Nov. 29, with trees able to be picked up Nov. 30 or delivered within a 20-mile radius for a nominal fee.

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