About 1,200 guests began the Christmas season Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 at Heritage League’s 45th Holiday of Trees at Westminster Presbyterian Church, viewing over 20 trees decorated by community members and organizations.

The $10,000 in funds raised will benefit The BAY, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that works with high-risk youth in Lincoln, and other local nonprofits. Dedicated to community building, The BAY houses a skate park, all-ages venue, coffee bar, and soon a digital art space, creating opportunities for youth to connect with positive activities, positive adults and their community.

“It’s amazing we’ve been able to do this for 45 years,” said Holiday of Trees event chair Lynne Nelson-Dixon. “Some Heritage League members have actually helped with the first event all the way through to the 45th. It couldn't be done without everybody in our group doing something or without the community’s amazing support.”

Co-publicity chair Janet Domeier added that members of the Sigma Chi fraternity at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln helped haul in donations, set up tables and pack up afterward.

“They pitched in wherever we needed them,” she said.

The event also featured performances by local musicians, appearances by Santa and Mrs. Claus, an Attic Treasures sale of donated items, a raffle, baked holiday goods and a café.

In 45 years, the Holiday of Trees event has raised over $250,000 for local organizations.

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