Sarah Jennings (left) and Sarah Palisi Chapin (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 of two sons.
After leading a successful inaugural Festival in 2021, we are beyond thrilled to have this dynamic duo lead the Cashiers Festival of Trees for the second year in a row.
Letter from Co-Chairs
Dear Friends of Summit and the Cashiers-Highlands Plateau,
We are thrilled to unveil the 2022 Benefactor Packages for our Moët & Chandon Toast to the Trees gala (July 28) and the Cashiers Festival of Trees (November 25-26). Thanks to generous support of our inaugural event in 2021, we exceeded our annual goal to provide much-needed financial support to local education and charities – and we need to do it again!
Our 2022 Festival will feature a collection of beautifully decorated trees and wreaths, displayed for visual enjoyment as well as for purchase by silent auction. Proceeds benefit educational programs for Summit Charter School, our tuition-free public charter school for children K-12, and participating nonprofits. Our first event was able to bridge much of the annual financial gap for our school year, as we receive significantly less funding than a traditional public school and rely heavily on private donations. Last year, each nonprofit received 20% of their auction item proceeds. This year—in the spirit of even greater giving—we are thrilled to increase the amount to 80%, expanding our impact on our community's worthy causes.
There are numerous ways to join the holiday fun! Design applications are now available, submissions limited only by imagination. We will feature tabletop and 4-9 foot trees, wreaths, and gift baskets, many paired with exciting auction experiences. Enjoy entertainment throughout, crafts for children, a Build-a-Bear Workshop made possible by Design South Builders, a Dolly Parton Imagination Library literacy stage celebrating the world of books, expanded retail shopping, a golf cart raffle courtesy of Appalachian Golf Cars, time with Santa and Mrs. Claus, and much more magical fun.
Our Toast to the Trees gala will return in majestic fashion this July, once again sponsored by our generous friends at Moët & Chandon and chaired by Carol and Rob Hunter. This intimate affair will take place at The Country Club of Sapphire Valley on Thursday, July 28.
As a seasonal community, the virtual offering of the November Festival makes it easy for us to involve people away for the holidays. Last year, we received 942 online bids, sold all 90 auction lots, and welcomed 1,000 in-person guests to support our cause! While significant revenues will be derived through auction submissions, our Benefactors proved essential to reaching our fundraising goals. Will you consider giving the gift of education by joining us as a Benefactor today?
By clicking here, you will find information on our Benefactor Packages and the myriad of ways you can support the Cashiers Festival of Trees. By joining us as a Benefactor, YOU will make a purposeful impact in helping to ensure our children receive the education they deserve, and support the Cashiers-Highlands community at large.
With joy and gratitude,
Brandy and Mark Letson
Toast to the Trees
Carol and Rob Hunter
Julia Boeve and Isabelle Krueger
Bethany Wiggins and Kirk Moore
Celeste Pratt and Christy Curcuru
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!