Here is another opportunity to give to the Panama City community…
PANAMA CITY BEACH — Decorated holiday wreaths adorned the walls of the Visual Arts Center on Wednesday night, and the smell of molasses and gumdrops filled the air.
It was the Panama City Rescue Mission’s 5th annual Festival of Trees, and the third at the downtown center. “We think the Visual Arts Center is a great venue for us,” said The Rev. Billy Fox, executive director of the Rescue Mission. “We have some beautiful art, after all, and it’s a wonderful cause.” Community donated gingerbread houses, Christmas trees and other Christmas-themed art filled the galleries of the center, to be bid on by the public in silent auction. The Rescue Mission wants to surpass the $50,000 raised last year.
Funds generated from the auctions will go to support the Rescue Mission’s Bethel Village, a shelter for struggling women and children. The Rescue Mission, which is suffering from limited space and a void of programs for the needy, is looking to add additional housing and a new driveway, as well as a pole barn for its community recycling program.
The bidding, which will take place from 5 to 9 p.m. Wednesday through Friday.