As Christmas draws closer, Hotel Bellwether is busy preparing its 10th annual Holiday Tree Lighting Event. Its halls will once again become a festive forest of glimmering trees, and community members of all ages are welcome to stop by for an extra dose of holiday cheer. 

Of course, the Holiday Tree Lighting Event is far more than a fun way to celebrate the season. It’s also a fundraiser benefiting Skookum Kids, a facility for children entering into the foster care system. Skookum Kids is entirely volunteer-staffed, and their efforts provide caseworkers with time needed to match kids with ideal long-term placements. 

“​​Every year this event brings important funds and attention to the work of foster care,” says Gina Russell, operations manager at Skookum Kids. “So many kids need a safe place to spend the holidays, and support from events like this make certain their time with us is safe and fun!” 

Every tree will be expertly decorated by a different local business, and visitors can even vote for their favorite display by making a donation of clothing or money. Brigadoon Service Dogs took home first place in last year’s event. In addition, $7,584.50 was raised thanks to community participation. 

Casting your vote will automatically enter you to win a night in Hotel Bellwether’s Lighthouse Suite. If you’d like to join in on the festivities, remember that voting ends on December 31st! -Cocoa Laney