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Brownwood nonprofits decorating Christmas trees for first ever fundraiser auction

By Shenna Stout, sstout@ktxs.com
Published On: Nov 30 2012 08:34:05 PM CST
Updated On: Dec 02 2012 01:32:21 PM CST
BROWNWOOD, Texas -

If you live in Brown County and want a Christmas tree that's already decorated, here's your chance.

Nine non-profit organizations have decorated Christmas trees that are on display in the Lehnis Railroad Museum that will be auctioned off in a silent auction.

The auction is part of the upcoming Christmas Under the Stars Festival.

The money will benefit the nine organizations that are part of the event, and the highest bidder will get the tree.

"Everybody has a different theme, so they're all gorgeous trees," said Kim Peterson at the Lehnis Railroad Museum.

Cynthia Locker has been busy decorating a tree donated by Home Deopt for The Boys and Girls Club of Brown County, and said the money for their tree will go toward a remodeling project in the gym for the kids.

"I'd love to get $1,000 for it, I mean look, we've got antlers, and feathers, and shot-gun shells; what else could you ask for on a Texas tree?" said Locker.

Melissa Espinoza with Caring Family Network is decorating a tree sponsored by Dazzling Diva's.

"With Christmas spirit, for our foster families and the kids, and give them a great, warm environment during this time when they could really be missing their families," said Espinoza.

Awards will be presented for the "Best Decorated" tree and the "Silent Auction Winner."

Bidding for the nine trees starts December 1 and last until December 8 at the Lehnis Railroad Museum.