The Junior League of Greenwich again pulled out all the stops at what is their largest and most popular fundraiser, The Enchanted Forest. Once again the ballrooms at the Hyatt Regency, Greenwich were transformed into a winter wonderland of custom decorated trees, wreaths and gingerbread houses. Live holiday music and dance plus photos with Santa, added to the festive atmosphere.
Co-Chaired by Heather Woodbridge and Brynn John, the two-day event was attended by thousands of Greenwich residents and visitors from neighboring communities.
The Enchanted Forest also provided an opportunity for early holiday shopping. Their holiday boutique featured craft and specialty vendors selling everything from fine jewelry and home decor to women's, men's and children's clothing, toys and holiday gift items.
The Children's Giving Shop at the Enchanted Forest offered a child-centered area where children can shop independently for reasonably priced holiday gifts, many of which have been donated by local retailers. The Giving Shop is staffed and stocked by Junior League Sustainers (volunteers) and local teens. The shop is a 'parent-free-zone" and gives children the opportunity to shop for family members, friends and teachers. Children learn the joy of giving, as well as how to make a gift list, and to plan their shopping to stay within a budget. All gifts are wrapped and tagged for the children, so the gifts remain a surprise, until opened!
With nearly 100 exclusive trees decorated by local florists, designers, retail locations and civic organizations the Forest of trees was a feast of creativity. The unique gingerbread houses never fail to amaze, crafted by top bakeries, restaurants, country clubs, schools and community organizations. Shoppers bid on the trees and gingerbread houses with all proceeds going to the Junior League.
Funds raised at the Enchanted Forest go directly toward supporting the amazing community projects that make living in Greenwich better and better every year.
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