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CASA Winter Wonderland trees now on display

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Shane Hall, market president of First American Bank and member of the CASA board of direcotors, with CASA Executive Director Carrie-Leigh Cloutier and Zia, one of the CASA courthouse dogs. (Timothy P. Howsare Photo)

Roswell hasn’t gotten any snow yet, but as far as CASA and First American Bank are concerned, the Christmas season has already arrived.

Winter Wonderland, an auction featuring one-of-a-kind Christmas trees and décor created and donated by members of the community, is now going on at both branches of First American Bank in Roswell. The locations are the main branch at 111 E. Fifth St. on the north side of the Chaves County Courthouse, and on North Main Street at Berrendo Road.

The public is welcome to walk around the lobbies of each of the branches and view the 75 trees and 125 other Christmas décor items.

Proceeds from both a silent and live auction will benefit the Chaves County CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) Program’s work with abused children.

CASA Executive Director Carrie-Leigh Cloutier said she is deeply grateful to the major sponsors of this year’s Winter Wonderland, First American Bank, Xcel Energy and Lovelace Regional Hospital.

Other sponsors include the Chase Foundation and Chase Energy from Artesia.

She said there are more than 250 auction items sale.

The live auction will be held on Nov. 17 during a gala event under a tent in the parking lot of First American’s main branch from 5 to 7 p.m.

Over the years, the gala has become an annual tradition in Roswell, with tons of free food and beverages.

Last year, Mayor Dennis Kintigh said he was pleased to see individuals from all economic levels in Roswell attending the event.

This year, the piano students of Mike Lively will perform a recital before the auction.

Auctioneers are Shane Hall, market president of the Roswell bank branches, along with his son Cade. Hall also serves on the CASA board of directors.

Cloutier said the gala offers the public a chance to meet the CASA volunteers.

“Come to the auction and enjoy the festivities,” she said.

Both of the Walgreens stores in Roswell have sponsored trees, and Cloutier said there is a friendly competition on which store’s tree will get the most votes.

“Whoever wins will get a free pizza party,” Cloutier said.

Community News reporter Timothy P. Howsare can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 311, or vistas@rdrnews.com.