Festival of Trees Multi-Day Event Benefits Bethel Village for Women

The 10th annual festival of trees silent auction raised spirits high Thursday night.

Dozens of people gathered at First Baptist church to begin bidding on some beautifully decorated Christmas trees.

The three day event started actually Wednesday and day one was a big success.

"We had about 85 people for the luncheon and sold quite a bit at the bakery," said Janna Blankenship volunteer.

Tree biding began Thursday night and will end Friday.
Various organizations and individuals decorated the trees then donated them to the Panama City rescue mission.

"It was different buying an artificial tree but it was fun knowing it was for a good cause," said Bevely Tinklenbeit Panama City resident.

The money from the bidding will go to benefit the mission's "Bethel Village for Women."

Now in its ninth year of operation, Bethel village serves approximately 60 women each year in long term residential rehabilitation using a proven Christian discipleship model.

It gives women a second change with life recovery and substance abuse counseling.

News Channel 7's Meredith Terhaar emceed the event, guiding people through the bidding on Christmas trees as well as wreaths and centerpieces.

General admission Friday is $5.00 for adults and $3.00 dollars for children.

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