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Annual Trees of Hope event kicks off with exclusive preview

HOLYOKE, Mass. (WGGB/WSHM) – On Friday night, an exclusive preview event took place to kick off the second annual Trees of Hope, of which Western Mass News is a silver sponsor. The event benefits the Ronald McDonald Charities of Connecticut and Western Mass.

The holiday season has come early at Gary Rome Hyundai car dealership in Holyoke.

The building has been transformed into a winter wonderland. Filled with trees and displays decorated by local businesses, organizations and community members. If you see any, you can take one home. Displays are randomly drawn and tickets sell for one dollar each. All proceeds benefit the Ronald McDonald Charities of Connecticut and Western Mass.

Michelle D’Amore of Ronald McDonald House Charities told Western Mass News that events like this help them fulfill their mission to provide housing and support to families while their children receive treatment at local hospitals.

“We allow families to stick together and being together throughout the holidays really tonight provides the gift of unity for families,” D’Amore said.

Gary Rome of Gary Rome Hyundai said he was proud to host this event at his company and help other parents focus on caring for their children.

“There is a need, it costs $120 a day to support a family staying there while their child is being treated at a nearby hospital…I can’t even imagine what it would be like if your child had to being treated and you were living 4-5 hours away and had nowhere to go or definitely couldn’t afford $100 a night for a hotel room,” he said.

Trees of Hope will continue until November 18. There is no cost to view the holiday posting. Last year’s event raised over $126,000. This year, they hope to raise $180,000.

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