RANGELEY — The Rangeley Rotary and Rangeley Lakes Chamber of Commerce’s Parade of Trees fundraiser took place Dec. 10 at Saddleback Mountain. The event raised money to support many local nonprofit organizations, according to a chamber news release.

Businesses that donated decorated trees included Welcome Home, Sunrise View Farms, the Rangeley & Oquossoc Merchants (two trees) and Morton & Furbish Real Estate and Rentals.

The trees were valued at $800 to $3,000 each. The “Community Miracle Tree,” donated by Morton & Furbish Real Estate and Rentals, raised more than $13,000 that will be distributed to community residents in need, according to the release.

Wreaths valued at $125-$250 each were also auctioned and were donated by Forks in the Air, Lakeside Convenience & Marina, Bald Mountain Camps, Classic Provisions, Sandy River Greens and the Farmer’s Market.

Again this year, there was a special group of trees decorated by Rangeley Lakes Regional School students and sponsored by local businesses: the K-5 Tree, sponsored by Burgess Construction, the Class of 2017 Tree, sponsored by Franklin Savings Bank, the Class of 2018 Tree, sponsored by Summit Roofing, the Class of 2019 Tree, sponsored by Moose Alley, the Class of 2020 Tree, sponsored by The Rangeley Highlander and the Class of 2021 Tree, sponsored by The Rangeley Inn & Tavern, according to the release.

There also were two trees raffled off that benefited the PTA and Little Mountain School.

Rounding out the event was the silent auction of items provided by area nonprofit organizations, including the RLRS sixth-grade class, the Rangeley Public Library, the RLRS Class of 2017, Rangeley Health and Wellness and the Rangeley Friends of the Arts. Proceeds from the auctioned items were shared with each nonprofit group.

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