Tree Charity Events Support Locals in Need

A slowed economy has not dulled charitable giving in the Uintah Basin as evidenced by two holiday fundraising events. The Trees for Charity auction gala was held Monday night at the Uintah Conference Center, raising over $220,000 dollars for local causes. The tree with the highest bid was also a crowd favorite with its Star Wars theme. The “May the Force Be With You” tree benefitting Corbin Dansie received a high bid of $12,000 dollars the first time round and was then put back in and sold again for $7,000. Sixty charities benefitted from this year’s Trees for Charity event. Earlier this month, Duchesne County residents also opened their hearts and pocketbooks for local charities at the Enchanted Forest auction event. Over $112,000 dollars was raised to benefit 18 local charities. Duchesne County Chamber Director Irene Hansen said the event was simply wonderful. “The Enchanted Forest brings people together who want to change lives,” shares Hansen. “We have observed over the last 5 years the ripple effect of generosity and kindness.” Hansen puts it best when considering charity auctions like Trees for Charity and the Enchanted Forest: “Being a part of something bigger than yourself is life changing.”

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Kristin Baldwin

Kristin never planned to work in news radio but has thoroughly enjoyed being part of the news team at KVEL. Her love of literature and writing developed in high school which led her to study English Literature and Technical Writing at BYU. She received her BA in English from BYU in 2005 and studied at UVU in Orem for 2 semesters to become a Certified Technical Writer in 2006. Two months after completion she began her dream job of being a stay-at-home mom.  As mother of 2 energetic kids, she began writing from home for the KVEL news team in 2011 and considers it the perfect fit as a full time mom and part time writer.