PHOTOS: Rockwall Helping Hands Festival of Trees

(ROCKWALL, TX – Nov. 21, 2016) Helping Hands of Rockwall County’s 7th Annual Festival of Trees filled the Hilton Dallas/Rockwall Lakefront with holiday cheer and the spirit of giving this past weekend. From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 18, and Saturday, Nov. 19, the Boutique of Helping Hands Huge Tax-Free Holiday Sale saw a wide selection of holiday items, home decor, furniture, jewelry, clothing, wreaths, and Christmas trees on display for those looking to get a head start on their Christmas shopping, with all proceeds benefiting Helping Hands. Dinner, dancing and a live auction capped off the festivities in Saturday night’s Festival of Trees Gala celebrating the agency’s 40 years of service to the community.

Congrats to the winners of this year’s Festival of Trees:

Repurpose Challenge – Teri Bedford
Best Small Tree – Farmers Electric Cooperative
Most Unique Tree – Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Rockwall
Most Traditional Tree – Bella’s House
Judge’s Choice – Expressions Home Décor
People’s Choice – Rockwall Women’s League

Rockwall Women's League President-Elect Lisa Ward (left) and member Rhonda Holloway next to the RWL Christmas tree, which won People's Choice at the 2016 Festival of Trees.
Guests take photos with Santa at the Festival of Trees Gala on Saturday.
Some 'helping hands' provide guests with glasses of champagne in the Hilton Pergola during the Rockwall Helping Hands Festival of Trees 2016.
Folks gather inside the Hilton Bella Harbor Ballroom for the Festival of Trees Gala.
From the left: Helping Hands Development Director Melody Hail, President / CEO Jon Bailey, Events Marketing Coordinator Tiffany Olson.

Story and photos by Austin Wells, Blue Ribbon News. 

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