The halls are decked with boughs of holly and merriment at Meadowview Convention Center, as LampLight Theatre hopes to spread a little Christmas cheer – and raise money for a good cause at the same time. LampLight hosted the Open House for Kingsport’s fourth annual “Festival of Trees” this past Sunday. The event is a silent auction fundraiser from which all of the proceeds will benefit the H.A.L.O. “Hope and Love Outreach” Program for local “at-risk” and underprivileged students.
Businesses and individuals throughout the area have donated fully decorated items such as Christmas trees, wreaths, swags, centerpieces, Christmas villages, and topiaries that are on exhibit and up for bid at Meadowview Convention Center. The proceeds from LampLight’s tree displays will benefit a program for local “at-risk” and underprivileged students called H.A.L.O. “Hope and Love Outreach”. This program provides completely free services throughout the year for nearly 200 local students including Christmas gifts for the students and their siblings, along with a Christmas dinner box for their family, a week of summer camp in the Smoky Mountains, and backpacks and school supplies for back-to-school. The “Festival of Trees” fundraiser has successfully funded the Comfort and Joy Christmas Party that is hosted for these students for the past two years!
The “Festival of Trees” will be on display from November 13 through 26 at the Meadowview Convention Center in Kingsport. The general public is invited to attend and bid on the trees through a planned silent auction. Viewing and bidding can be done in person at the convention center as well as online at www.LampLightTheatre.com. Come visit the magical wonderland to begin your holiday season and help a worthy organization provide these students a Christmas to remember!