Spring 2011 TREE Fund Report: 2011 Special Events Update: Setting our Sights on Savannah, Australia and Virginia

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2011 Special Events: Updates on Savannah, Australia and Virginia

The TREE Fund’s 2011 special events calendar reflects the challenges of fundraising halfway around the world. With the ISA’s International Conference and Trade Show in Australia this year, the Trustees elected to control expenses by keeping our signature fundraisers stateside.

Raise Your Hand for Research Auction

The TREE Fund accepted a gracious offer of southern hospitality extended by the ISA Southern Chapter and the Utility Arborists Association, co-hosts of February’s North American Tree Conference (NATC) in Savannah, GA. for its 13th annual auction. It will be held February 20th at the Savannah International Trade and Convention Center. Visitors to the TREE Fund’s NATC booth can browse and bid on silent auction items through February 21st. The live auction, featuring auctioneer Ed Underwood, opens its doors at 7:30 pm Sunday, February 20th immediately following (and just upstairs from) the NATC President’s Reception. The live auction features a dessert and coffee bar, cocktails, live music and a wide array of travel and entertainment opportunities up for bid.

Online bidding on select live auction items continues through February 18. Register for the live auction, preview the auction catalog and place your bids at www.treefund.org. Donations to the auction catalog are still being accepted by using this online donation form.

The Asplundh Golf Outing

Asplundh also selected Savannah as the venue for its annual golf outing to benefit the TREE Fund in 2011. Register online by Feb. 7 to join the golfers raising some green for TREE Fund programs and the ISA Southern Chapter’s Memorial Scholarship on Sunday, Feb. 20 at The Club at Savannah Harbor. The $150 registration fee includes a light breakfast, lunch, prizes and a $50 tax deductible donation. The event begins with a scramble start at 8:30 a.m.

Fundraising Down Under

Attendees of the ISA conference in Australia can support the TREE Fund at an auction hosted by the Australian Chapter on July 26 at Rosehill Gardens Racecourse. Due to logistical challenges, the Australian Chapter has elected not to include a Tour des Trees event on its calendar.

STIHL Tour des Trees

The 2011 STIHL Tour des Trees “VA2DC Tour” will feature an autumn tour of Virginia, opening with a 1-day Ride for Research in Virginia Beach October 2nd. This 30-mile fun ride offers local and recreational cyclists an opportunity to join the STIHL Tour des Trees for the day, with no fundraising requirement. Full-Tour cyclists will experience the history and beauty of Virginia on an itinerary that also includes Williamsburg, Richmond, Charlottesville, Front Royal, Reston and Washington, D.C.

Highlights of the VA2DC Tour include a private tour of STIHL’s chainsaw production facility, a day in historic Williamsburg/Jamestown including dinner with the members of the MidAtlantic Chapter of ISA, a visit to Monticello, tree plantings, school visits and 65 miles of spectacular scenery along the Shenandoah Valley’s world-famous Skyline Drive. The 2011 Tour concludes October 8 in Washington, D.C. at American University, following visits to the National Arboretum, Casey Trees and the National Mall.

Register to ride for the 2011 VA2DC Tour or the Ride for Research at www.stihltourdestrees.org. Can’t ride? Please support our cyclist/fundraisers with a generous donation!

Keep up with all of our special events online at www.treefund.org and www.stihltourdestrees.org.

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