The Charlie Brown Christmas tree made famous by Charles M Schultz’ Peanuts comic strip in 1950 took on an entirely new level when Venture Training celebrated the organization’s 11th annual Celebration of Trees and Art Auction recently.
The event, held at the Best Western Vernon Lodge, attracted more than 200 guests.
Auctioneer Kevin Rothwell conducted the bidding on one-of-a-kind Christmas trees adorned in a variety of themes, which included a Yoga Tree (Sponsored by Scotiabank) and a Beary Merry Christmas (Sponsored by Bear Paw Earthworks), as well as eight other trees and 10 original pieces of art.
But it was A Twisted Christmas, crafted from a fallen branch by long-standing Venture Training staff member Garth Wells, which brought the house down, raising a staggering $1,375.
The auctions raised more than $14,000 which will benefit programs provided by Venture Training to support adults with developmental disabilities throughout the Greater Vernon area.
Celebration of Trees is one of two fund raising events that Venture Training hosts annually.
Choices Art Auction takes place in the summer and features unique art pieces which include the artwork from 46 participants who attend the ACT program.
Venture Training executive director Eileen Howells is proud of the organization’s successes.
“We are really grateful for the community support from families, corporations and individual people, as well as staff who assisted in making this spectacular event a success,” said Howells.
In 2015, Venture Training, which has been “turning disabilities into abilities,” marks its 60th anniversary.
Sponsors are encouraged to contact Venture Training at 250-542-2374 if they are interested in contributing to celebrating Venture’s diamond jubilee in 2015.