Decorated trees in Surrey raise cash for Sources (photos)

SURREY — Seventeen trees have been decorated and will be auctioned to benefit the local Sources organization.

The so-called "Season of Trees" event is happening at Sheraton Vancouver Guildford Hotel, where a special reception and auction night is planned next Wednesday, Dec. 10.

The decorated artificial trees have been on display in the hotel’s lobby area since Nov. 12.

Tree sponsors – and decorators – are both individuals and organizations, including Shell Busey, Surrey RCMP, Fraser Downs Racetrack Casino, Guildford Town Centre, FastSigns, MLA Stephanie Cadieux, the Now and others.

"I did an ‘O Canada’ tree, which I’m excited about, and it’s there," said Judy Higginbotham, an organizer of the charitable event.

"We had everybody do themed trees this year, and it gives it a little different look," she added. "Most of them are about six feet high, and people can take them home if they have the winning bid next Wednesday, but we encourage people to come look at them and vote on them before that."

All proceeds from the auction, hosted by Global BC’s Mark Madryga, will benefit Sources’ early-childhood development program. To buy event tickets ($30 each or $50 per couple), call 604-531-6226 or visit

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