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Plans for the second annual Crowder College Festival of Wreaths have expanded this year to include a formal social event and live auction.

As of Tuesday, 52 holiday wreaths and centerpieces had been donated by local businesses. These wreaths are the items that will be auctioned off to raise money for college scholarships. Last year, local businesses donated 16 wreaths, which raised about $700 in scholarship money.

Darla Horner, who is co-chairing the Festival of Wreaths with Cindy Ray and Amie Bowman, said she is expecting to at least double the amount of money raised this year when the majority of the wreaths are auctioned off live on Friday, Dec. 1.

"We have had an amazing response," said Horner. "The community has just been wonderful and supported this. We are very pleased."

Area residents are invited to attend the Festival of Wreaths auction, which will be held at the Roaring River Theatre and Events Center on Highway 112 beginning with a social hour at 7 p.m., featuring entertainment by Hometown Sound and the Red Hots.

The auction will begin at 8 p.m. with auctioneer Donnie Stumpff donating his services for the evening. Jon Horner will serve as the event's master of ceremonies. Ten of the wreaths will be offered through a silent auction on that night.

Prior to the auction, the wreaths will be displayed at area businesses and pictures of each wreath can be viewed on the Crowder College website at www.crowder.edu, beginning the week of Nov. 27.

Angela Seymour, director of the Crowder College Watley Center in Cassville, said she is excited about the new Festival of Wreaths event.

"It should be a very enjoyable evening, and all for a great cause," said Seymour. "This event is all about providing scholarships for our students, and I'm thrilled with the support we're getting from the community."

All proceeds from the auction will provide scholarships for students attending the Watley Center in Cassville.

Tickets for the second annual Festival of Wreaths Auction can be purchased in advance for $10 each and are available at Security Bank in Cassville, the Strawberry Patch and the Watley Center or by calling Darla Horner at 847-5268. Tickets at the door will be $15 per person.



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