Prompted by the positive response to last year’s debut of its Festival of Trees fundraiser, the Symphony Guild of Charlotte has announced it will again host this special holiday event to benefit the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra, the Charlotte Symphony Youth Orchestras and music education.
Fourteen three-foot-high artificial trees, individually and exquisitely decorated by renowned interior, floral and landscape designers from the Charlotte area, will be available for bidding by the public from November 16th through December 2nd via both an online auction and a real-time silent auction. UMAR, which assists adults with intellectual development disabilities, is the first entry in the new nonprofit category, and will design a tree as part of its arts and cultural enrichment program. Peppermint Forest Christmas Shop is donating the trees.
These one-of-a-kind trees will be on display in the lobby of the North Carolina Blumenthal Performing Arts Center in Uptown Charlotte for onsite bidding during the performance the highly anticipated annual Magic of Christmas program (Nov. 29-Dec. 2). In addition, the Symphony Guild of Charlotte is accepting online bids. Prospective bidders can peruse photos of the trees on the website, and online bidding will be open continuously through the duration of the fundraiser.
All bidders, both on-site at the Blumenthal and online, will not know the identity of the bidders or the bidding history, but will know the current highest bid on each tree, as that information will be posted daily online and at the Performing Arts Center. Participants may bid multiple times. The opening bid for each tree will start at $150.
In addition to UMAR, the other designers to date are:
-Frontgate – Mary St. Clair
-Intrigue Interior, LLC – MaryAnn Scola and Andrea Osborne
-Liora Manne – Tom Byrnes and Andrea Osborne
-Rountree Plantation Garden Center – Mikki Weaver
-Betty Seifert/Lingky Sugg
-Charlotte Symphony Junior Youth Orchestra Parents
-UMAR Arts Program
Designers will adorn the trees, which are wired with white lights, with an assortment of ornaments, bows, garlands, candy and ribbons, along with pine cones, leaves and other natural materials, to reflect a range of holiday themes and traditions. Each tree also will include either tickets to museums or performances at various arts organizations, or gift cards for restaurants and retailers.
“These custom trees are designed to enhance the winning bidders’ appreciation of the arts while providing an innovative way to support great symphonic music,” said Lisa Phillips, president, Symphony Guild of Charlotte. “In addition, the trees undoubtedly will be the focal point of the winners’ holiday décor for many years.”
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