|Festival of Trees decks Civic Center’s halls|
|Saturday, 17 November 2012 15:31|
The event serves as a fundraiser for Behavior Management Systems, who provide mental health services to 11,000 people in Western South Dakota each year. Friday night was the big fundraiser, with trees, wreaths and other holiday-inspired items sold at a live auction, which historically has raised approximately $50,000 per year.
Saturday, however, is all about family fun, with activities for all ages.
Behavior Management Systems' Debbie Siemonsma says, "On Saturday is our family festival day that we are now in the middle of. A great time down at the Civic Center, and very family oriented, we have the trees and wreaths to look at of course and the gingerbread houses that are very intricate and the children seem to really enjoy them. As well as the adults."
In addition to raising funds, the goal of the Festival of Trees is to promote awareness for mental health services.