Ocean Isle Beach, NC – More than $1,900 was raised for 11 local charities through the Festival of
Trees sponsored by the Ocean Isle Museum Foundation, Inc. The Festival of Trees ran November 21 through December 14 at the Museum of Coastal Carolina.
Museum members and visitors received ballots to vote for and bid on their favorite trees, which were sponsored and decorated by local nonprofit organizations. Winning bidders were able to take their decorated trees home to enjoy.
The foundation announced the winning entries this week after the voting period ended. The decorated tree receiving the most votes – and the most bids ($350) – was the entry by Ocean Ridge Charities Association Inc. (ORCA).
The first-ever event was deemed a success by the foundation, with plans already under way for the second annual event next year.
“On behalf of the museum, I want to thank all of the nonprofits,” said Lisa Mosca, museum board member who spearheaded the event. “Their participation made this a true community event that was well-received by the community,” she added. “The museum enjoyed hosting the event this holiday season, and we are looking
forward to next year’s festival.”
Echoing Mosca’s comments, Executive Director Terry Bryant said, “It’s always a good idea to evaluate events and come up with fresh and new ideas. Lisa Mosca, who headed up the event, did a great job in signing up our nonprofits and working with them. All the fundraising committee members are to be commended for their outstanding role in making it a success and we look forward to even greater things next year.”
Bryant also thanked everyone who came out to support the museum. “The Festival of Trees and Holiday Night at the Museum together made almost $4,000 after expenses,” she said. “Events like this support our mission of educating the public about our coastal environment and the universe and helps keep our doors open.”
The foundation would like to thank everyone who supported the Museum of Coastal Carolina and Ingram Planetarium during the event, which kicked off November 29 with the Holiday Night at the Museum fundraiser. Both the Holiday Night and the Festival of Trees saw big increases in attendance and visitors over last year’s fundraiser, Beers and Brats, with the number of visitors doubling over the same period last year.
The participating nonprofit organizations (tree titles and winning bids in parenthesis) are:
Brunswick County Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Association (An Extension Master Gardener Holiday, $150)
Brunswick County Literacy Council (The Gift of Reading …………..Priceless, $100)
Brunswick Environmental Action Team (Our Oceans, Our Future, $75)
Intracoastal Model Railroad Club (Choo Choo Christmas, $275)
Ocean Isle Beach Sea Turtle Protection Organization (How Sweet It Is Saving Sea Turtles, $300)
Ocean Isle Habitat Restore (Habitat for Humanity, $200)
Ocean Isle Property Owners Association (OIPOA-Fun in OIB, $60)
Ocean Ridge Charities Organization (ORCA) (Ocean Ridge Charities Association, $350)
Paws-Ability (All Creatures Great & Small, $125)
South Brunswick Islands Rotary Club (Rotary Connects the World, $125)
With My Sisters (With My Sisters, $150)
About the Museum
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10 am-3 pm Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays through Dec. 28, and 10 am-3 pm Fridays and
Saturdays only during winter/spring. Admission is free for members, active military, and disabled
veterans. Non-member admission (including sales tax) is $9.50 for adults (13-61), $8.50 for seniors
(62+), $7.50 for children (3-12), and free for age 2 and under.
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Mary Perno, ORCA board of directors, said the organization’s winning beach-themed tree included
120 hand-painted ornaments, most of them painted by her. Other contributors included Deb
Creghan, Debbie Smith and Judi Moore. Other volunteers helped put it together. The group will
decide which of the more than 50 charities its members supports will benefit from the event.