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11/28/06

Westin Auctions Christmas Trees for Cause

Beautiful Christmas trees decked out with twinkling lights and sparkling ornaments of all kinds, a gingerbread village and more. But it's not all about the pretty decorations at the Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort. It's also about the true meaning of Christmas. 

Inside the hotel are 23 trees, all decorated and donated by local businesses or organizations all in the name of giving. General manager Mark Spadoni said, "The intent is to auction them off and sell them anywhere from $500 to $750."

And the Westin has no problem with them going for more, but whatever the trees go for, all the money goes to the same place: local children's charities.

"Every year we try to pick those that are most deserving," said Spadoni.

While the Westin is pleased to be helping those in need, they said the real reward is what they see day after day at the hotel. "You see kids from 3 years old to 7 years old running up and pointing to their favorite house and waiting for the train to come around," said Spadoni.

And it's not just one or two kids running around. Spadoni said anywhere between 3,000 and 4,000 children will come by and take a look at the display. 

The display will only remain up through Thursday.  That's the last day people have to bid on the trees, and by Monday they will each be sitting pretty in someone's home.

Reported by: Christy Hutchings, chutchings@wtoc.com

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