Spirit of Generosity Abounds During Enchanted Forest Auction
By Kristin Forbis, Nov 27, 2019
It was another magical year for the Enchanted Forest event in Roosevelt which auctions trees and items to benefit local charities each year. There were over 200 people in attendance at the auction dinner on Thursday evening. There were 17 total trees which collectively raised $110,000 dollars. The silent auction went well on Friday and Saturday, raising another $4000 dollars. Folks enjoyed the tree view on Friday and Saturday with approximately another thousand people who came to enjoy the sight of the beautiful trees. The tree which raised the most benefited the Uintah Basin Faith Based Recovery Foundation and brought in $20,000 dollars! The Recovery Foundation runs a non-denominational, faith based men’s recovery home out of the old Thompson School. It opened last February and can house 10 residents and 1 house manager with 9 graduates so far. Before the auction began, recent graduate Jeff Kooken shared his personal story about his road to recovery and received a standing ovation. It was an especially amazing moment when his three children joined him on stage in a pledge of tearful support. Many thanks to the volunteers, sponsors, and community members that make the Enchanted Forest a success year after year.