HANNIBAL | Colorful and eye-catching Christmas trees were on display around every corner at Pleasant View Assisted Living on Saturday and Sunday during an annual fundraiser to support local organizations that decorated the trees, as well as to raised money for a new dog park on the Pleasant View campus.
Tisha Johnston, Pleasant View Assisted Living administrator, said the turnout of visitors and hand-decorated trees reflected a growing annual tradition. Each Christmas tree adhered to a specific theme, and local organizations like F&M Bank, Hannibal Regional, Holy Family Church, Servpro, Families and Communities Together and Community Loving Care Hospice joined members of the Halpin, Harrison and Rowe families to express their creativity. Johnston said the silent auction brought bids on several trees more than a week before the festival began.
Throughout the weekend, visitors to the open house continued to submit bids for trees that reflected themes like Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Hot Wheels and traditional decor in a rainbow of colors.
Residents Glen and Amy Moore visited volunteer Joni Halpin, who was selling homemade baked goods and potholders and coasters made by fellow residents. The proceeds from the sale and a dog-themed tree decorated by members of the Northeast Missouri Senior Networking Group would go toward a planned dog park for the Pleasant View campus. Glen and Amy Moore enjoyed viewing the various trees as on their way to lunch — Amy Moore said she particularly enjoyed “the big, big one in the dining room.”
The festival spanned the weekend, with an open house from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. Visitors submitted bids for their favorite tree, and the auction concluded at 4 p.m. Sunday with winners being able to take their favorite tree home. Johnston was excited to see the results of the biggest festival to date.
“It's just really good to see it continue to grow every year,” Johnston said. “We've had a lot of participation from our families and our residents here. We couldn't do it without them, so we appreciate everything they put forth.”