CASHIERS FESTIVAL OF TREES
Ashley Monday Selle, Carrie Snoey and Jenn Douglass are serving as our tri-chairs for the 2023 Cashiers Festival of Trees!
Selle is a Cashiers native and an alumni of the very first class at Summit Charter School. In addition to her passion for Summit, she currently serves as the Director of Marketing & Membership Services at Cedar Creek Club.
Snoey is a parent of two current Summit students, serves on the Summit Foundation Board of Directors, and is the Events & Communications Manager at The Club at High Hampton.
Douglass is a parent of three current Summit students, is the creator and director of the school’s Bear Dash Fun Run, and is owner of two local businesses. As we enter our third year of the Festival of Trees, we are thrilled to have this strong group of women leading us in another successful fundraising event.
Letter from Tri-Chairs - April 2023
Dear Friends of Summit and the Cashiers-Highlands Plateau,
We are thrilled to unveil the 2023 Benefactor Packages for our Moët & Chandon Toast to the Trees gala (July 31) and the third annual Cashiers Festival of Trees (November 24-25). Thanks to the generosity of supporters like you, we are excited to provide much-needed financial support to local education and charities. We look forward to making 2023 a big success with many more trees, shopping opportunities, and festive fun for all ages.
There are numerous ways to join the holiday fun to support Summit Charter School and fellow nonprofits! Design applications are now available. We will feature 4’- 9’ trees, tabletop trees, wreaths, and gift baskets, many paired with exciting experiences to bid on. Enjoy entertainment throughout the two-day event, free crafts for children, a pop-up Build-A-Bear Workshop® made possible by Design South Builders, a Dolly Parton Imagination Library stage celebrating the world of books, expanded retail shopping, raffle prizes, and special time with Santa, Mrs. Claus, and your favorite Disney Princesses. New this year, we will showcase football games in the new Gameday Lounge and are excited to introduce Festival: After Dark–an enchanting nighttime party where we will enjoy jubilant lights, music, tapas, and libations.
Proceeds benefit educational programs for Summit Charter School, our tuition-free K-12 public charter school, and participating nonprofits. As Summit receives significantly less funding than a traditional public school and relies heavily on private donations, the first two Festivals were able to bridge much of the annual financial gap for our school year. Additionally, each nonprofit featured in the festival receives 80% of their auction item proceeds, creating a positive, collaborative impact on our community's worthy causes.
This July, our Toast to the Trees gala will return in majestic fashion with a Christmas in the Garden theme at The Club at High Hampton on July 31. This evening is once again sponsored by our generous friends at Moët & Chandon and chaired by impeccable hosts Carol and Rob Hunter. We look forward to celebrating our Benefactors at this special event.
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 1,817 online bids (almost double the bids from 2021!), sold every one of our 100+ auction lots, and welcomed over 1,200 in-person guests to support our cause. While significant revenues will be derived through auction submissions, our Benefactors are essential to reaching the fundraising needs of our school. Will you consider giving the gift of education by joining us as a Benefactor today?
Click here for information on our 2023 Benefactor Packages and the myriad of ways you can support the Cashiers Festival of Trees. By joining us as a Benefactor, YOU will have a purposeful impact in helping to ensure our children receive the education that they deserve, and support the Cashiers-Highlands community at large.
Sarah Palisi Chapin
Tree Logistics & Transportation
Brandy and Mark Letson
Toast to the Trees
Carol and Rob Hunter
Julia Boeve and Isabelle Krueger
Bethany Wiggins and Kevin Rowland
Celeste Pratt and Christy Curcuru
Volunteers Make a Difference
Cashiers Festival of Trees would not be possible without the support of our incredible 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!