Rotary’s Christmas Tree Fundraiser starts Dec. 5

BRATTLEBORO — On Saturday, Dec. 5, the 56th annual Brattleboro Rotary Club Christmas Tree Fundraiser will officially begin.

Since 1965, the Brattleboro Rotary Club has sold Christmas trees as a fundraiser for local student scholarships and this year is no different. The group has a goal of selling 350 Vermont-grown trees of all shapes and sizes, which will be available daily in front of the Brattleboro Bowl on Putney Road through Sunday, Dec. 13.

The trees will be on sale from noon to 6 p.m. on weekdays and from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekends.

The Brattleboro Rotary Club, founded in 1950, is an active community service club of 60 members who engage in community and human service projects both locally and internationally.

Its Gateway Foundation, a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization, was established in 1986 to create a local fund to support scholarships awarded annually to area students pursuing college. The foundation is funded by annual Rotary fundraising projects and contributions from Rotarians and other community members.

Proceeds from the Christmas Tree Sale support the club's annual student scholarship awards of $2,000 to $3,000 each. The club has awarded close to $500,000.

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