Sarah Palisi Chapin (left) and Sarah Jennings (right) serve on the Summit Foundation Board of Directors and are longtime supporters of education and children charities.


In addition to their love for Summit, Chapin is a former executive of several global brands in the food & beverage industry, while Jennings is the Special Events & Marketing Director of Lonesome Valley and a Summit Parent.


We are thrilled to have this dynamic duo lead our inaugural Cashiers Festival of Trees.


Letter from Co-Chairs

Dear Friends of Summit and the Cashiers-Highlands Plateau,


We are excited to introduce Benefactor Packages for the Cashiers Festival of Trees, Nov. 26-27, 2021.


This annual event will feature a collection of curated, uniquely decorated trees and wreaths, displayed for the visual enjoyment of visitors as well as for purchase by silent auction. Proceeds will benefit educational programs for Summit Charter School, our public charter school for children K-12. Additionally—in the spirit of giving—our event will also share proceeds back to participating charities and fellow schools!


There are numerous ways to join in on the holiday fun! We will be featuring spectacular trees contributed through a submission process, limited only by imagination! We will also offer opportunities to design festive wreaths and gift baskets, with each element available to view virtually as well.


The weekend will include arts & crafts activities for children, a literacy corner celebrating the world of books—thanks to generous participation by Dolly Parton's Imagination Library—pop up stores within the Festival (including Build-A-Bear!), local culinary and unique gifting, time with Santa (and the Grinch!), and much more. Area designers and artists will participate in the event and in awarding recognition for trees. We are most excited about the programming component, including student and area performers on the Summit Center stage.


Revenues will be derived through these submissions, our benefactors, corporate sponsorships, and ticket sales. 

Will you consider giving the gift of education, by signing up to join us as a Benefactor today?


On our website, will find information on the myriad of ways you can support the Cashiers Festival of Trees. By joining us as a Supporter, you will make a significant impact in helping to ensure our children receive the education they deserve, and that Cashiers remains the town that we all know and love. Thank you in advance for supporting education and our special community!


Making spirits bright,

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Tree Logistics
Melanie Jones and Josh Crawford

Event Programming
Marcie Snowden

Ticket Sales
Brandy and Mark Letson

Toast of the Trees
Carol and Rob Hunter

Julia Boeve and Isabelle Krueger

PR & Marketing
Ashlie Mitchell-Lanning


Office Support
M.C. Pusch

Ashley Monday Selle 

Gift Zone
Holly Chick

Summit Development Director

Melissa Hudson

(404) 395-8461



Volunteers Make a Difference


Cashiers Festival of Trees would not be possible without the support of our dedicated volunteers! Summit achieves excellence when families, alumni, and members of the community work together for the benefit of our school children and the community at large.  With a variety of events and jobs available, this is the perfect way to contribute to the community. Please click here to volunteer!