Wreaths connect community with non-profits
Members of the community assembled together at the Bowman County Courthouse on Wednesday, Dec 6th for the very first Deck the Halls Party Fundraiser. The main feature of the event was a silent auction for 16 Christmas wreaths, each individually donated by a local organization. Tremendous holiday joy and creativity was abundant in every wreath, each one with its own theme and personality which made for a very unique display of support, creativity, and Christmas spirit.
By Andy Roehl
The organizations who participated included: Hope and Healing Therapeutic Riding, Up and Coming Homemakers of Scranton, Cedar Chest, Dakota Prairie Helping Hands, Bowman/Slope Community Cupboard, Able Inc., Dollars for Scholars, Bowman Lions Club, Bowman County 4H, Rhame American Legion Post 188, Rhame Community Club, Bowman Cub Scouts, Scranton Lions Club, Tot Lot Child Care & Preschool, Bowman/Slope Community Foundation, and Girl Scouts.
Sandy Tivis (Bowman County Auditor), Leah King, Jodi Freier, David Horn, and Karla Germann set-up the event and laid a foundation where people could come together, have some fun, and get more of an idea of what these organizations are all about all while enjoying some scrumptious goodies!
Gary Brennan of Brosz Engineering, Inc. was praised for all his support and generosity for the fundraiser which really kickstarted the whole thing. “We couldn’t have done it without him.” said Tivis.
Brennan was very gracious about the Deck the Halls Party pointing out that “it’s a good thing to be a part of and a great way to support the community, said Brennan.
The goal of the Deck the Halls fundraiser was intended to provide these local organizations an opportunity to promote their cause and get more in touch with the public in a direct way. The participating organizations then submitted their own wreaths decorated exclusively for the silent auction which people could then bid on their favorite one. The proceeds raised from the silent auction will aid these local organizations in several aspects from daily expenses to directly funding the youth of our community. You get to take home a one-of-a-kind Christmas Wreath as the funds go back into these non-profit, charitable organizations which in-turn benefits the community as a whole.
At the conclusion of the fundraiser, Tivis was optimistic. “[We’re] very pleased with the event. Next week the committee will consider a second event next year. We’re still looking for a corporate sponsor, but it was great to bring focus to our organizations.”