Festival of Trees raises nearly $16,500 for Lakes Crisis & Resource Center

Detroit Lakes' 6th Annual Festival of Trees, which was held Friday, Nov. 18 at the Historic Holmes Theatre Ballroom, raised $16,420 for the Lakes Crisis & Resource Center. It was the first in-person festival that LCRC had been able to hold since 2019.

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The uniquely decorated tree, "Dreaming of a Wild Christmas," at left, was the "People's Choice" award winner at Detroit Lakes' 6th Annual Festival of Trees, which was held Friday, Nov. 18. The tree, which was designed by Uni Fegely, Sheila Aho, Natalie Franklin and Marlys Ailie, and sponsored by LIT Decor and Gift and The Nines, was also the biggest money maker, earning a $2,000 winning bid during the live auction portion of the festivities. At right is "Christmas in Candyland," which was sponsored by Stowman Law Firm and decorated by Emilee Freeman.
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DETROIT LAKES — In-person fundraising events like the Festival of Trees have long been an important part of the funding picture for the Lakes Crisis & Resource Center.

But for the past couple of years, like so many other charitable organizations across the country, the Detroit Lakes-based nonprofit has been forced to go virtual with the majority of its fundraising efforts. This past Friday, Nov. 18, however, the Festival of Trees took over Detroit Lakes' Historic Holmes Theatre Ballroom, with hundreds of guests lining up to view the 13 beautiful, uniquely-decorated trees that lit up the room with holiday spirit.

"It was a fun and festive evening, filled with beautifully created trees," said LCRC Executive Director Anna Sellin, adding that the fundraiser brought in $16,420 this year.

The live tree auction, in particular, was a huge success, as all of the 13 trees on offer sold for $200 or more, with one — "Dreaming of a Wild Christmas," which also won the evening's "People's Choice" award, voted on by festival guests — bringing in a whopping $2,000.

Together with Give to the Max Day, the online, statewide fundraiser that was held Thursday, Nov. 17, LCRC collected nearly $40,000 to support its programming for the coming year. "For Give to the Max Day, we were at $22,000 with our match from BTD," Sellin said. "I’d like to give a huge thank you to everyone who made Give to the Max Day donations, those who donated to and supported Festival of Trees, and all who attended.


"The monies raised from these fundraisers enables us to continue providing outreach and support group services to students in area schools, fund our Kinship program to provide mentors to youth, and increase our capacity to serve victims," she added.

For more information about the Lakes Crisis & Resource Center and its programs, visit .

A reporter at Detroit Lakes Newspapers since relocating to the community in October 2000, Vicki was promoted to Community News Lead for the Detroit Lakes Tribune and Perham Focus on Jan. 1, 2022. She has covered pretty much every "beat" that a reporter can be assigned, from county board and city council to entertainment, crime and even sports. Born and raised in Madelia, Minnesota, she is a graduate of Hamline University, from which she earned a bachelor's degree in English literature (writing concentration). You can reach her at
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