NORTH WEBSTER — If you didn’t get a chance, you missed out on trying 12 different soups, placing bids on 24 silent auction items and taking an initial stroll around the North Webster Community Center to view 30 decorated trees Saturday evening. The event was the Lakeland Area North Webster Kiwanis “North Webster Evening Among The Trees.”
Those enjoying the soup supper had the choices of an award winning chili, ham and split pea, beef vegetable, ham and bean, turkey noodle, chicken chili, beef barley, taco soup, mild chili, cheesy potato and a California blend. Corn bread was also served along with a drinks.
Those who did attend were entertained by the Wawasee Middle School Choir singing a variety of Christmas songs, members of the Key Club doing face painting. Youngsters also had the opportunity to do some coloring and receive special goodie bags.
If you didn’t get your fill of soups or needed a little dessert, plates of deserts were available to purchase for a small donation.
The silent auction items, 24 in all, were a wide variety including an autograph Colts football, a fishing pole and a variety of other themed gift baskets.
Lining the halls of the community center were creatively decorated trees. All of the trees were sponsored by area businesses or individuals. While some sponsors choose to decorate their own trees, others gave the honors to non profit organizations, clubs and school children. While the funds collected by those who sponsored trees go to Riley Children’s Hospital, the money donated by spectators casting monetary votes will go to the KC Kids Fund, for use by county families who have to travel to Riley for medical care.
Cast your vote for such decorated trees as a teddy bear tree, a memorial tree, an elf tree, several trees decorated in memory of individuals, a Purple Heart tree, a nautical tree, even a tree decorated with miniature vehicles, a butterfly tree, even a gift box tree just to name a few. These trees will be on display until Jan. 11.