Festival of Trees funds more mentoring matches for 2012

Big Brothers Big Sisters’ major fundraiser, Festival of Trees, featured decorated trees. - Contributed photo
Big Brothers Big Sisters’ major fundraiser, Festival of Trees, featured decorated trees.
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Big Brothers Big Sisters of Island County held their major fundraiser, Festival of Trees, Dec. 2. The event features an auction of decorated trees as well as dancing, dinner and socializing.

“It went very, very well. There’s always so much support shown from the community and we were thrilled,” said Peggy Dyer, executive director for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Island County.

The event raised more than $60,000 for the mentoring agency, approximately the same as last year’s amount. Dyer said that in this economy, that amount of money is great. Nearly 200 people attended the event in Oak Harbor.

“The community support will help match many more kids in the coming year and that’s what we hope for so that’s kind of a wish come true,” Dyer said.

The agency held the Teddy Bear Breakfast, a family event with fun Christmas characters, and a community viewing of the decorated trees the weekend following Festival of Trees. Residents of retirement centers were invited to view the trees.

“We hope that’s a day of giving back to the community,” Dyer said. The Teddy Bear Breakfast is meant to be an enjoyable event rather than a fundraiser.

Big Brothers Big Sisters is always in need of volunteers and welcomes help around the holidays.

“People can be generous in many ways with their time and contributions,” Dyer said.

To volunteer or donate, contact the Oak Harbor office at 279-0644 or, or visit


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