Home For the Holidays Gala & Tree Festival

The spirit of Christmas giving was very much in evidence at the November 5th Home for the Holidays Gala at the Hilton
Bella Harbor. Local merchants and guests alike were on hand with donations of time, money and items for auction, all to
benefit Helping Hands of Rockwall.

One highlight of the event was the Festival of Trees, a tree decorating contest where participants donated and decorated
Christmas trees to be auctioned off to benefit the charity. Trees both large and small were a big hit among bidders. A live
auction offered deluxe vacations, jewelry and collectible items. A specially chosen dog from the Rockwall Animal Adoption
Center went home with Allison Davis of Rockwall after her winning bid.

Helping Hands Executive Director Margo Nielsen estimated her organization cleared nearly $55,000, which will go to
benefit the myriad of programs offered to those in need in Rockwall County. She expressed gratitude for the generosity of
the community, and hoped all had a good time.

See event images at Home for The Holidays Gallery on Flickr.

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