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Benefiting the Summit Charter School Foundation and Cashiers-Highlands Nonprofits

In 2021, the Summit Charter School Foundation introduced a new fundraising event to benefit the school—as well as other nonprofits across the Cashiers-Highlands plateau—the magical Cashiers Festival of Trees! We are thrilled to introduce our 2024 events:

About Cashiers Festival of Trees


Cashiers Festival of Trees is a family-friendly event during Thanksgiving weekend featuring decorated trees, wreaths, gift baskets, holiday shopping, children crafts, story time, rivalry weekend football viewings, entertaining performances, and a pop up Teddy Bear Workshop. This uplifting event brings together families, friends, nonprofits, businesses, and individuals to celebrate the holiday season with one-of-a-kind shopping and programming for all ages.  The 2024 event will take place at the Summit Center from Friday, November 29-Saturday, November 30 and from 10 AM - 5:00 PM. A detailed Schedule of Events will be available closer to the event. 

While raising vital funs for the school is the primary focus of the event, the SCS Foundation spreads the holiday spirit of giving: when a fellow nonprofit decorates a tree or wreath, 80% of the item’s sale will go BACK to the participating nonprofit, creating a collaborative initiative to benefit our fellow charities and their worthy causes. Supporting our entire community is very important to our cause and the school’s overall mission.   


  • Become a Benefactor ​

    • Benefactor Levels range from $100 to $10,000+ and are available now. Supporters can sign up online or mail a check payable to the Summit Charter School Foundation, P.O. Box 2493, Cashiers, NC, 28717.​ 

  • Purchase Individual Tickets

    • Individual tickets to November's Festival of Trees will be available in the fall and at the following ticket outlets: Cashiers Farmers Market, Cashiers Valley Pharmacy, the Cashiers Chamber, the school's front office, or Oakleaf in Highlands. Entry tickets are $5 and free for ages 18 and younger. Your ticket can be used for both days. 

  • Become a Corporate Sponsor

    • Our corporate sponsors benefit from extensive and diverse marketing exposure, reaching thousands of people across the region. Please contact to view and discuss our 2024 corporate sponsorship packages.

  • Volunteer!​​

    • Festival of Trees would not be possible without the support of our dedicated volunteers. With a variety of events and jobs available, this is a wonderful way to contribute to the community. Click here to sign up today.


  • NEW in 2023 and BACK in 2024! We will showcase football games in a Gameday Lounge and are excited to bring back Festival: After Dark–an enchanting nighttime party where we will enjoy jubilant lights, music, and libations.

  • Can't Attend, but want to support us? 

    • If you are unable to attend but still want to give back to our school children and the community, consider making a 100% tax deductible donation today to The Giving Tree Fund or bid virtually the weekend of the Festival!



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