The Gifting Tree Project

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The Gifting Tree in downtown Cary for Christmas

Once again downtown Cary is decorated with beautiful trees all up and down Academy Street!  The Annual Gifting Tree Project has started and voting is open through December 17th.   For the past few years our Smith & Smith, CPA firm has participated in this festive event.  I am sad to say that I missed the deadline this year!  But I am still voting for my favorite tree and highlighting a few in my blog today.  I had the pleasure of attending the Annual Town of Cary Tree Lighting on Saturday and took time to walk up and down Academy Street and look at every single tree.  They are so beautiful!  Of course I love the Rotary Clubs of Cary Tree (sponsored by all 5 Rotary Clubs in Cary) and the Graceful Expressions Tree (they are one of our clients).   A new tree this year that I REALLY like is the Nikki’s Tree of Remembrance.  I don’t know the story behind this tree, but I like it because it has foam snowflakes and sharpies all over the tree.  People are encouraged to stop by and write the name of a loved one who passed this year on one of the snowflakes.  I love that this tree is so interactive and special.  I wrote down two names of special people who passed away in 2017.

Graceful Expressions

 

Rotary Clubs of Cary

 

Nikki’s Tree of Remembrance

You can vote for your favorite tree here: https://www.townofcary.org/recreation-enjoyment/events/holiday-events/heart-of-the-holidays-celebration/gifting-tree-project/gifting-tree-project-voting

The boys and I enjoyed the Town of Cary Tree Lighting.  There was a fun Variety Show beforehand that featured lots of musical talents of students from local Cary schools.   We loved the Cary High School A Capella Ensemble, Green Eggs and Jam.  They did a really funny Christmas music rendition.  Some of the Town of Cary Elected Officials were there and helped to light the Tree with the Home Town Spirit Award Winner, Ralph Ashworth.

Town of Cary

 

Variety Show

 

At Town of Cary fountain

What are your fun plans for the holiday season?

Be sure to stop and shop at My Girlfriend’s Closet in downtown Apex this holiday season!  They have lots of trendy and stylish coats, sweaters and winter accessories!  Tell them you read Beccasblog for a special discount!

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Vote for the Gifting Tree in Downtown Cary

Vote for our Tree!

Vote for our Tree!

For a second year in a row, Smith & Smith, CPA is proud to participate in the Gifting Tree Project as part of the downtown Cary Holiday CelebrationThe Gifting Tree Proejct is hosted by Town of Cary and sponsored by The Mayton Inn (the brand new boutique hotel in downtown Cary that will open in 2016).  The Gifting Tree Project invites community members, non-profits, service clubs/groups and small businesses to decorate a Christmas Tree on the Town Hall Campus.   The trees can be decorated in anyway you like and with any theme idea, however, there are just a few rules including no food decorations and that your ornaments need to be weather-resistant (the trees are outside and in the loop around the campus).  The community is invited to cast a vote online for their favorite tree and the winner of the The People’s Choice with the most votes will have a donation of $500 made to the non-profit of their choice.

Rotary Tree

Rotary Tree

I went downtown last week to decorate our tree.  There is some really good competition this year with 24 trees in the race!  As part of the Board of Directors for Life Experiences, if our Smith & Smith, CPA tree wins, we will have the donation of $500 made to them! YEA!  I would LOVE LOVE LOVE to see that happen!  Please take time to VOTE.  You can only vote ONCE per email address, so vote carefully!  I do have to give a shout-out to a few of the other trees in the Gifting Tree Project.  Check out the tree that was sponsored by the 5 Rotary Clubs in CaryThe Rotary Clubs of Cary Christmas Tree!  All 5 clubs worked together to make the ornaments and decorate the tree.  It reflects all of the great work and good projects that we do in the world.

Super Cute Tree

Super Cute Tree

Also take a look at the tree from My Girlfriend’s Closet.   I LOVE their creativity and all of the ribbon and tulle on the tree.  They also added the arms from one of the store mannequins holding their sign.  So creative!   So please take time over the next 2 weeks to VOTE online for the Town of Cary Gifting Tree Project. The voting period is December 5th through December 19th.  And remember, it is ONE vote per email address, so multiple votes from the same email will not count.  Please consider Smith & Smith, CPA as your top vote and let’s get that $500 to Life Experiences!  It will make a big impact for them!

 

 

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The Gifting Tree Project in Cary!

The Gifting Tree Project

The Gifting Tree Project

Oh such exciting times!  Smith & Smith, CPA is excited to be a participant in the The Gifting Tree Project this year, hosted by The Town of Cary.  This project has been going on for just a few years and it’s a way to ‘dress up’ downtown Cary with Christmas trees for the holiday season.   The Gifting Tree Project invites families, organizations, companies, schools and nonprofits to decorate a Christmas tree in downtown Cary for the month of December.  This year, there is  “TWIST”!!!!!  The winning tree with the most votes (yes, it is online voting) will have a $500 donation made to the nonprofit of their choice.  Thanks to Belle at the Jones House for being the sponsor of the charitable gift for The Gifting Tree Project.   Yesterday afternoon was the ‘decoration time’ so twenty-seven different groups all got creative and artistic and decorated their 6-7′ trees in their own unique ways.  All of the trees require ‘solar’ lights, so some groups had solar spotlights and some trees had solar tree lights (ours has the solar tree lights).

Money Ball

Money Ball

I also spent time over the past few weeks make cutemoney’ themed decorations….I had to get creative with my ornaments as there aren’t a lot of ‘money’ ones out there to choose from.  Thankfully the Dollar Tree has ‘large fake money bills’ so I used those inside of clear glass balls.  I also decorated some ceramic ornaments with our name.  Many thanks to Mary Madenspacher of Life Experiences and Alicia Angel for coming to help me decorate our tree.  It was fun to walk around and see the other trees and get some good ideas for next year.  I’d also like to give a SHOUT-OUT to the Rotary Clubs of Cary…all 5 clubs came together and created a “ROTARY TREE”.   It looks great and I even made a few ornaments for it myself.  Cary Visual Art also has a very fun tree downtown and so does my friend Holly Beerman of Beerman Construction!

Smith & Smith, CPA The Gifting Tree Project

Smith & Smith, CPA The Gifting Tree Project

The Gifting Tree Project will be on display until Tuesday, December 30th.  Voting for the trees takes place online and the winner will receive The People’s Choice Winner Award & $500 to their Charity of Choice.  Voting starts THIS WEEK, Saturday, December 6th and goes through Saturday, December 20th.  You can vote only one time.  You can look at the website now but they won’t have all of the trees listed and photographed and ready for voting until Saturday.  There will also be a panel of judges who will score each tree based on Representation of Organization/Company, Representation of Holiday Spirit, Originality & Creativity, and Overall Presentation.

The Gifting Tree Project sign

The Gifting Tree Project sign

Some people might be wondering why our CPA firm would participate in this project…and as the Director of Marketing, I see many benefits in participation!  First of all, The Gifting Tree Project a “community project” and I’ve always been a big believer in not only doing ‘business’ in your community, but being INVOLVED with all parts of the community, especially artistic and creative ones like this.  Plus ever single tree has a sign beside of it…so think of all the people who will pass by and see our tree and our company name during the month of December!  That’s some good publicity!!!!  We appreciate you votes for Smith & Smith, CPA in The Gifting Tree ProjectThanks Town of Cary!

Our CPA firm in Cary is growing and we are currently welcoming new clients.  Please check out our website for more information  http://www.smithandsmithcpa.com  We are never too busy to help a small business owner with their accounting/tax needs.  We welcome referrals!

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Director of Marketing

Smith & Smith, CPA, P.C.

1150 Executive Circle, Suite 5

Cary, NC 27511

(919) 380-0600 phone