100+ families go home with decorated trees as Festival of Trees comes to a close

Hampden County

More than 100 families took home beautifully decorated Christmas trees Monday from the MassMutual Center.

The Springfield Boys and Girls Club Festival of Trees raffled off the 132 trees at the conclusion of its 18th Annual Festival.

Families began lining up at noon to claim the trees that attracted 20,000 visitors since the day after Thanksgiving. Monday afternoon raffle winners came to claim the 132 trees they had won.

Wendy Stechmann of Longmeadow knows exactly where she’ll place her newly-won sparkling tree. “It’s going in my daughter’s bedroom,” Stechmann said. “With all the things in it she loves. She wants for her room.”

Meredith Haesaert of Chicopee has won a tree every year for the past five years. She told 22News she can’t help being lucky.

“Definitely we go to all the festivals around here,” said Meredith. “And we win several of these, yup, yup, what to you think of this tree? Gorgeous, this is the one we were hoping for.”

She’s especially proud to be taking home a Christmas tree that salutes the military and honors the men and women who’ve served their country.

The Festival of Trees event earned the Boys and Girls Club a record-breaking $231,000 to finance its programs for children.

Read More: Festival of Trees breaks attendance record

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