BIG RAPIDS—Do you have a special talent in designing and decorating for the holidays?

If so, consider decorating a holiday item for the annual Festival of Trees auction. The auction will be held on Nov. 9 at Chemical Bank in Big Rapids. Community guests and organizations bid on the auction items – designed by you – and the event revenue supports a variety of equipment needs at Spectrum Health Big Rapids and Reed City Hospitals. Proceeds from past fundraising events have supported lifesaving defibrillators, portable baby scales, telehealth equipment for MedNow and more.

“This is a great way for people to showcase their talents and support a good cause,” said Sue Snavley, director of the Spectrum Health Foundation Big Rapids and Reed City Hospitals. “We’re grateful for the creative and generous people in our community who make this event a success every year!”

Chemical Bank and Gary Trimarco Automotive donated 30 4-foot and 7-foot artificial trees and a variety of wreaths. Individuals interested in decorating an item can pick up the bare tree or wreath from Patterson’s Flowers in downtown Big Rapids, take the item home and purchase material and ornaments to decorate it. Other decorative holiday items are also welcome.

“Some people may be inspired to create something they’ve seen on Pinterest or at a local craft show,” Snavley said. “Don’t limit your creativity to trees and wreaths. All items are welcome!”

Ornaments should be glued, wired or otherwise securely attached to the tree, wreath or item to ensure safe transportation. Completed items should be delivered to Chemical Bank no later than Tuesday, November 1.

The live auction event will be held at Chemical Bank on Wednesday, November 9. A wine and hor d’oeurve reception, hosted by Ferris State University Catering will begin at 6:30 p.m. The auction will start promptly at 7:30 p.m. Last year’s event raised nearly $15,000.

Individuals interested in decorating an item should contact Sue Snavley at 231.592.4367 or or Angie Bennett at 231.592.4280 or Organizers must be made aware of all entries by November 1 to ensure all items are listed in the catalog of auction items given to bidders.