Festival of Trees and Lights open to the public this year

Beth Fisher

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Festival of Trees and Lights open to the public this year

CREATED Nov. 18, 2013

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- This weekend, your family can enjoy checking out some beautiful designer trees and wreaths. They'll be auctioned at a gala to benefit the Down Syndrome Organization of Southern Nevada. But this year for the first time ever, they'll be on display for the public.

In every corner of Deborah Avery's house, workers are creating and assembling for the 25th annual Festival of Trees and Lights benefiting kids with Down Syndrome. "They are all so adorable. Sweet spirit. They love the spot light, music, dancing, signing."
And many of these kids benefit from a host of therapies provided by the Down Syndrome organization. And their flagship fundraiser is this holiday event. On gala night, they will have 50 wreaths or more and 30 Christmas trees for people to bid on and for you to see.  This year the trees and wreaths will be on display all weekend long. For just $2 a child, your family can admire and play. "We're going to have a children's table. We've got a whole ballroom set up for them with crafts, cupcakes, and Santa."
The trees are all different. One is being designed by foreign exchange students with PAX. Community coordinator Margaret Hoppe says, "PAX means peace and we decided to do an international peace tree."
Every decoration, every light, every detail helping raise money for children with downs syndrome.
If you'd like to see the trees, they are on display inside the Rivoli ballrooms at the Paris hotel from 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Cost is $5 for adults, $2 for children.