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Christmas Tree Village opens tomorrow December 10

Ridgecrest Regional Hospital (RRH)– The community is invited to visit the Ridgecrest Regional Hospital Foundation’s(RRHF) “Christmas Tree Village” Saturday, Dec. 10, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the meeting room of SpringHill Suites. 

The traditional holiday display is a fundraiser for RRHF. The foundation contributes trees, and sponsors — including RRH departments, local businesses and organizations, and individuals — decorate the trees in fun and elaborate themes. 

“This year we have many unique themes such as Santa paws relaxation, wine, bourbon, an evening by the fire, technology,” said Kim Metcalf, who is organizing the event. “One of last year’s trees had a computer attached and I have heard that one of our trees this year does as well.”

This year, 37 trees will be on display, and available for purchase in a silent auction that ends at 4:30 p.m.

Mary Hughes brought the idea to Metcalf in 2018, and the latter launched a small event for the hospital staff. Over the years the event has almost quadrupled in the number of entries. The first event raised $3,000, and this year the foundation is hoping to raise $20,000.

“It has become a fun, competitive, team-building event for us,” said Metcalf. Staff and community residents alike can not only bid on trees, but vote for their favorites. 

During the open house event RRHF will provide a hot cocoa bar for visitors.