Parade of Trees set Dec. 5

Keith Strange Staff Reporter

November 23, 2013

Organizers are predicting a record event as they get set for this year’s Parade of Trees.

The event will be held on Dec. 5, from 6 p.m., until 9:30 p.m., downstairs at Old North State Winery, said organizer Tamara Veit, director of Surry County Stop Child Abuse Now (SCAN).

The annual Parade of Trees is a silent auction where bidders can bid on one or more of the many decorated trees, wreaths and Christmas decorations, many of which have a theme related to the donor organization.

“The Parade of Trees is an opportunity for different agencies, businesses and individuals in the community to purchase, decorate and donate trees to us,” Veit said. “This benefits our organization, which advocates for families by offering family counseling, parental support, parenting classes for parents at risk of child abuse and neglect.”

Decorated trees will be on display from Dec. 2, and bids will be accepted throughout the week.

Veit said the event is growing every year.

“This year we’re going to have at least 25 trees,” she said.

And the decorations will be one-of-a-kind.

“Some of the trees include a Sportsman’s Tree donated by Robbies. That’s going to be one of our ‘man trees’,” Veit said. “It will have different sportsman’s gear and fishing-related items. It’s going to be beautiful.”

Other trees include a wreath complete with tickets to a Wake Forest game.

“We’re also going to have a wreath decorated with over $400 worth of Sabika jewelry, an Avon pink ribbon tree, a John Deere tree and Old Mill Music is providing a music tree,” Veit added.

According to Veit, this year could see record participation in the annual fund raising event.

“Last year we had wonderful turnout,” she said. “Hundreds came out and bid on our trees.

“This year, we’re holding it downstairs in the winery and Tim Elliott will be performing throughout the event, so it should be more of a festive event,” she said.

In addition to the silent auction, attendees will have the opportunity to purchase $20 tickets for a raffle of 24 bottles of wine made by the various wineries in the region.

While the event is designed to be fun and help get the community in the holiday spirit, Veit noted that the annual fund raiser is for a worthy cause.

“We support parents,” she said succinctly. “A lot of parents are going through economic difficulties, some of the mave substance abuse or mental health difficulties. We can help.”

Veit noted the work she did for a recent client.

“I’m working with a client who had been chronically homeless for five years and was in danger of losing her child,” she said. “Now she’s in stable housing, we have assisted her with her medical needs and help with getting her child into pre-school. Now both she and her child are doing great.”

Anyone wanting more information or to donate a tree can call Veit at 336-391-4122.

Reach Keith Strange at or 719-1929.