New twist to annual Tree Auction

By Deanna Wakkinen, I-O Reporter

The Conrad Area Chamber of Commerce is again putting on their Tree Auction at the Moose Lodge on Dec. 2.

For the auction, local businesses are asked to decorate a tree, wreath, cross or candy cane to be auctioned off to benefit the Chamber. This year, there are 14 trees, four wealths, three crosses and three candy canes.

The Chamber then uses the proceeds to buy new Christmas decorations for Main Street and puts the rest in their general fund.

Bidders get the tree, or other item, along with all of the merchandise to go with it.

A big success last year was the “Cancer Tree”. It will be brought back this year and Olson’s Drug and Conrad Tire are working on the decorations for it. Businesses and individuals can contribute to the tree by “purchasing” a snowflake for a cancer victim or survivor. The person’s name will be displayed on the snowflake and placed on the tree.

 

The money earned from the sales of snowflakes will be turned into Chamber Bucks to be auctioned off with the “Cancer Tree”. Chamber Bucks can be used at any Chamber business in the Conrad area.

 

This tree is valued based on the amount of gift certificates and merchandise on and under the tree.

The “Cancer Tree” will remain on display at a Conrad business until after Christmas but the winning bidder will leave with the Chamber Bucks and other merchandise related with their purchase.

Two-thirds of the purchase price of the tree will benefit the Conrad Community Cancer Foundation (CCF). The foundation works hard to benefit cancer patients in the Conrad area by providing gas cards and other necessities to those going to appointments and treatments. CCF does not base their criteria on income and anyone who has been diagnosed with cancer may apply.

Each year the Chamber will pick a different organization to benefit from the special tree. The remaining third of the purchase price will be returned to the Chamber.

Look for more details on Chamber Christmas events in next week’s edition of the I-O.