The Carrollwood Cultural Center is preparing for its annual Holiday Trees Display & Auction fundraiser from November 6 through December 10 to benefit the Tom Jones Tuition Assistance Program, which provides funding for children from low-income families with an opportunity to attend Summer Camp.
During the Holiday Trees Display & Auction, the community is invited to view and bid on various themed holiday trees displayed in the Center’s lobby. Winners of the auction will receive the tree, decorations, and items associated with the tree, with a few exceptions.
In preparation for the Holiday Trees Display & Auction, the Center is asking the community for specific items to assist with a few displays. The Center is looking for the following items:
- New or gently used spooky decorations, knick-knacks, and lights for a Halloween-inspired tree
- Pink ornaments and decorations, new or gently used Barbies, toys, and memorabilia for a Barbie-inspired tree
- Event tickets, unused and valid gift cards, and other items for a tree inspired by things to do in Tampa
- Yellow, blue, and red ornaments, Pokemon cards, and memorabilia for a Pokemon-inspired tree
- Star Wars, Star Trek, NASA, and other space-inspired (pop culture or scientific) items for a tree inspired by the final frontier
- Beads and pirate-themed items for a Gasparilla-inspired tree
- New candles, nail polish, lotion, body wash, or other items for spa-like items for a spa-inspired tree
- Holiday cookbooks, cookie cutters, tins, and new or gently used bakeware for a baking-inspired tree
- Generic tree toppers
Donations can be dropped off at the main office inside the Center, located at 4537 Lowell Road in Tampa, on Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m. or on Saturday between 9 a.m. and noon. The deadline to donate items is October 31. The Center reserves the right not to use donated items. Unused donations will be used for another purpose or taken to another charitable organization. Donated items will not be returned.
For more information, visit carrollwoodcenter.org or call (813) 922-8167.