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NY Mills Tree Festival raises $4,500 for kids at Christmas

This little girl couldn't resist touching the shiny tree display made by Signs Plus and Norton Printing.1 / 2
Connie Vandermay/FOCUS Isaac Hill and his sister Avery Hill sit on Santa's lap. All kids who visited Santa received a bag of treats, and also got their names put in a drawing for a variety of prizes donated by local businesses, including bikes.2 / 2

The New York Mills Christmas Tree Festival raised $4,475 on behalf of the Santa Anonymous group - $1,000 more than last year. Funds were collected through a silent auction of donated, decorated Christmas trees, a raffle drawing for a 4-H quilt and free will donations. The tree donated by Lund Boats sold for $875 to Eagles Café. Tara Baune won the quilt raffle, which raised $675. On top of the funds raised, four groups donated everything on and under their tree to Santa Anonymous, including toys, books and clothes. Event organizer Dolly Tumberg said the festival was a success in that turnout was high for all events, especially for the Community Christmas Party Saturday night.