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Crystal Angels fly high in Gallery of Trees competition

by Caryn Haller

In a field of 18 contestants, The Crystal Angels came out ahead winning the annual Gallery of Trees decorating competition.

The contest is part of the Douglas County Historical Society’s Holiday Gala.

“We are so thrilled. I thought there were some really nice trees, and a few that I thought could win too,” Crystal Angels member Katherine Lima said. “This gives us a great opportunity to let people know who we are and what we do.”

Along with members Becky Tapper and Vivian Watson, the trio transformed their 6-foot, artificial white tree into “A Crystal Christmas” themed tree filled with crystal ornaments.

“It had an angelic, magical look,” Lima said.

The Crystal Angels is a group of 80 Carson Valley women who donate to Douglas County children, Alzheimers’ patients and women’s shelters during the holidays.

Each year in December they raffle off decorated trees as part of their Christmas Tree Gala fundraiser.

The Gallery of Trees contest draws close to 20 competitors each year. Groups bring in their artificial tree during the week of Nov. 28, and begin transforming it into a work of art. To vote, visitors place any amount of money in the can sitting in front of their favorite tree. At the end of December the money is counted, and the tree with the most cash wins.

Second place went to Daughters of the American Revolution, John C. Freemont Chapter, and The Basque Mendiko Euskaldun Cluba took third place.