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Photo Gallery: Jackson County Giving Trees

More than 200 community members came to the Morris Building on Nov. 30 to support the Festival of Trees hosted by Missy Morris of Exclusive Realty. Eighty bidders raised $33,009.98. (Photo Provided)
This tree, titled Penny’s Christmas Carol in memory of Penny Mossor, was the highest bidded item for the evening. It raised $7,950 to benefit Sophia’s collection. (Photo by Clara Mullins)
Tommy Reynolds, judge for the City of Ripley, was the auctioneer at the Jackson County Community Foundation’s Festival of Trees auction Thursday evening. (Photo by Clara Mullins)
Twenty-seven trees and six wreaths were available for auction at the Festival of Trees hosted by Missy Morris. Around 25 community organizations benefited from the proceeds from the night. (Photo Provided)
From left, Jilanna Swann Whitley, Christy Sizemore and Cindy Vennure pose in front of trees available for auction at the Jackson County Community Foundation’s Festival of Trees on Thursday night. The tree on the right benefited Snack Pack, a program that offers kids food on evenings and weekends and raised $4,150. (Photo by Clara Mullins)
Emry Cobb, left, and Ashlyn Donohew, right, were the winners of the Community Choice award for their “Beary Christmas” tree. (Photo Provided)

RIPLEY — A total of almost $100,000 was raised in Jackson County for various organizations during their two festival of trees events this past week.

Missy Morris with Exclusive Realty hosted the first event Nov. 30 at the Morris Building. Around 25 different organizations benefited from the $33,009.98 the night brought in. Daniel Mitchell was the auctioneer for the event, Morris said she couldn’t have done it without him.

Jackson County Community Foundation hosted their event at Sorella Ristorante on Thursday evening. Their total for the night was $63,480. According Jilanna Swann Whitley from JCCF, they tripled their donations from last year.

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