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November 23, 2004 > Niles Holiday Fundraiser to Benefit the Fremont Education Foundation

Niles Holiday Fundraiser to Benefit the Fremont Education Foundation

by Nina Moore

Starting on November 12, antique and specialty shops along Niles Boulevard will have decorated table-top Christmas/holiday trees on display for interested shoppers to bid on. Many of these decorated trees will reflect the nature of the business which designed and donated them. For instance, the Fremont Art Association's tree will be covered with original mini paintings created by members of its organization, and the tree from The Empty Nest specialty shop will be graced with a variety of feathered birds and tiny empty bird nests. These one-of-a-kind trees will make a memorable addition to any household or business looking for a special holiday decoration.

Individual trees will be offered for bid at the following 27 Niles businesses: Things To Remember, The Glass Works, Balloons To Go-Go, Niles Antiques, Mary Margaret's, Antique Treasures, S&H Antiques, Corrie Glass, The Turquoise Shop, Forever Young, Fremont Art Association, The Nile Café, Diane Dickens Hair Salon, The Iron Dog, Side Street Antiques, Bite & Browse, Remember When, Empty Nest, My Friends & I, Tyme for Tea, Titera Dance Academy, Stela's Hair Salon, Ideal Mortgage, Kiowa Rose Jewelry; A Moment in Time, The Florence and Kate's Kottage. Interested shoppers should look for the special holiday tree poster displayed in the front windows of all participating shops.

It's easy to participate. Each tree will have a minimum bid established by its donor and will be accompanied by a sheet on which to place a bid. Additional bids must be made in $5 increments. The fundraiser continues through Sunday, December 5, at which time the highest recorded bidders at each location are awarded the trees on which they bid.

Half of all monies raised will be donated to the Fremont Education Foundation to help fund after school band programs, grants to K-12 teachers and sports equipment for students in need. The remaining funds will be used to promote downtown Niles.

In addition, all bidders, regardless of whether they place the highest bid, become eligible to participate in a drawing for a "Money Tree," valued at over $100 and sponsored by the business owners and dealers in Niles. Slips for the drawing will be available from each business owner at the time you place your bid. The drawing for the Money Tree will take place on Friday, December 10, and the winner will be notified by phone.

The Niles business community is very excited about this new event. It's a way for us to share the quaint and friendly atmosphere of our particular district with surrounding neighborhoods, and to raise money for a worthy organization at the same time. So gather your friends, come on over to Niles, place bids on your favorite trees, do a little shopping, have a bite to eat, visit the movie museum, stop by the train depot, etc. etc. etc & experience Niles!

For more information about the Fremont Education Foundation, please visit

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