This year, nonprofits of Delta County came together for a combination between a wholesome show of Christmas spirit and a bit of friendly competition.

ImpressionZ Art Gallery, located at the AppleShed in Cedaredge, displays a total of nine trees (one from each participating nonprofit organization).

“Non-profit/charity organizations were invited to trim a Christmas Tree to be on display throughout the AppleShed for the month of December,” event organizer Julie Leonard said in an email. “The purpose of the event is to raise awareness of the services available in our area.”

The display involves the community as well.

The tree displays are part of an overall competition in which the winner is selected by popular vote from the community. Anyone off the street can come in during business hours, take a look at all the nonprofit-fabricated trees and cast a vote into a bowl at the exit. The trees are marked by number, properly labeled throughout the building.

“Each unique tree is trimmed to reflect the purpose of the group and includes literature at each display and a donation box,” Leonard said, so the event raises some funds for nonprofits on top of raising awareness.

According to Leonard, the group with the most votes will receive a $100 donation from Double J Disposal. Also, the most creative tree will receive a $50 donation from the sponsors of the event.

Leonard said that “hopefully this will be an annual event with more trees each year.” This is, in fact, the first year ImpressionZ has held this event.

“We hope to encourage a sense of togetherness, awareness and giving in our community,” Leonard said. “Stop by, enjoy the decorations and shop in the ‘best gift shop’ in Delta County (as per the DCI).”

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