• Friday, August 7, 2020 3:56pm
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Big Brothers Big Sisters of Island County is preparing for the 2020 Festival of Trees, but with some social distancing measures.

Because of COVID-19, Festival of Trees will look a bit different this year but will be full of the same holiday cheer. This annual event raises over half of the annual budget for Big Brothers Big Sisters and needs community support this year more than ever, according to organizers.

Festival of Trees will host a live virtual event on Dec. 4, including the live auction of decorated trees and wreaths, which will be delivered to supporting businesses and families. A week-long silent auction, concluding on Dec. 4, will showcase a variety of local treasures.

Specific activities for the weekend event are still to be determined. Local businesses are encouraged to donate auction items to support Big Brothers Big Sisters of Island County.

“We’re truly excited for this year’s festival,” said Executive Director, Tiffany Scribner.

“These are strange times, but we are determined to host a successful event to raise both money and awareness for the youth on Whidbey Island.”

Festival of Trees helps to create a brighter future for children in our community. All services provided by Big Brothers Big Sisters are provided free of charge.

Most of the children come from low-income, single or grandparent-led households, according to Scribner.

The cost to support one year of relationship-building, impactful mentoring and professional oversight of a “Big and Little” is $1,500, she said in a prepared press release.

“Although these families may have challenges, they do not lack hope or potential,” Scribner said in the press release. “Your support is greatly appreciated.”

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Island County, founded in 1999, creates and professionally supports one-to-one mentoring relationships that ignite the power and promise of youth.

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