One of the most active organizations in our community is the Palatine Jaycees. They put on our Fourth of July Festival, support the Township's charitable efforts and at the end of each year they donate all of the profits from their events, after chapter expenses, back to the community. One of their major fundraisers has always been their annual Christmas tree sale. If you want a good quality tree and would like to see the money you lay out for that tree help the community, visit their 55th annual Christmas Tree Sale in the Palatine Park District Aquatic Center parking lot this Holiday season.
The sale will run from Friday, November 23rd through Sunday, December 16th. Sale hours will be from 6:00 PM until 9:00 PM on Thursdays and Fridays, on Saturdays from 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM, and Sundays from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM. The Aquatic Center parking lot is located on Palatine Road just west of Northwest Highway behind the Walgreens.
“This is my favorite season and being able to chair this project is a special treat this year,” said Will Hinshaw, Co-Chair of the project. “We will be offering a variety of fresh-cut, long and short needle trees, wreaths and garland at special pricing. Shoppers can choose from our selection of Scotch Pine, Blue Spruce, Balsam Fir, Douglas Fir and Fraser Fir in a variety of sizes at competitive prices.”
As an added feature to the sale, the Jaycees will be sponsoring a Santa's Mailbox. Children will be able to mail a letter to Santa from a mailbox on the Christmas tree lot. Santa will respond to any letter dropped in the box before December 14th. Please include a return address on your envelope.
"We do our best to make sure our customers are happy,” said Sarah Harwerth-De Marco, Co-Chair of the project. "We provide a variety of extra services for our customers. Baling is available to make transporting your tree easier. We have stands available that can help assure that your tree will stand straight and sturdy. Santa will even be making a couple of visits to our lot this year. He will be there from 10:00 AM until 1 PM on December 8th and 9th."
"Our Christmas Tree Sale has always been one of my favorite projects," said Judy Reinholtz, President of the Palatine Jaycees. "We get to share the Holiday spirit with our neighbors. Then, the proceeds from the sale allow the Palatine Jaycees to continue our involvement in the community."
The Palatine Chapter of the Jaycees is one of the nearly 100 local Chapters and one of the largest chapters in Illinois. The Palatine Jaycees provide individuals between the age of 21 and 40 the opportunity to develop personal and leadership skills while serving their community.
Every year, the Palatine Chapter of the Jaycees conducts numerous programs to serve the community and accumulate funds for operation of the Chapter and community donations. Included in these projects is the Sand sale, Fourth of July Festival, Christmas tree sales, the annual garage sale and other projects that benefit the community and help raise funds.
The Palatine Chapter holds their monthly general meeting on the third Thursday of the month at 7:30 PM at the American Legion Hall on Palatine Road in Palatine. For further information on the Palatine Jaycees, membership or any of their sponsored events write to the Palatine Jaycees, Post Office Box 1517, Palatine, IL 60078-1517, call them at 847-604-0288, email them at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.palatinejaycees.org.