Crowder College will kick off the holiday season on Tuesday with their 10th annual Festival of Wreaths, scheduled to begin at 4 p.m. at the Elsie Plaster Community Center.
While the event will serve the same purpose as it always has, providing money for students' scholarships, there will be a few changes attendees will notice this year.
Samantha Evans, event coordinator, said one change will be in the amount of funding distributed for scholarships.
Evans said this year, Crowder College will match every dollar raised with funds from a Title 3 grant.
"This is our largest fundraiser throughout the year," Evans said. "All of the money we raise goes towards scholarships."
Last year, the event raised more than $58,000 and benefited approximately 30 students, Evans said.
It won't be hard to remember what the event is about, as attendees will likely see several scholarship recipients working the event Tuesday evening.
While Evans did not share an official fundraising goal, she said the hope is to top last year's amount.
Also new at this year's event is the way the bidding will be done.
Evans said the event will now utilize BidPal, an electronic bidding system.
There will be no more pen and paper, as attendees will now use the electronic service either on their smartphone, or on an Apple iPod touch, which will be loaned out at the door.
The service is intended to cut down on checkout wait time.
Evans said this year's event will include 35 donated wreaths, in addition to several other items.
She said the number of wreaths offered has decreased this year because many regular attendees have already purchased wreaths.
"We encouraged donors to think of more practical items, but our event will always be about beautiful decorative wreaths," Evans said.
Other donated items include a Kindle Fire, iPads, a 3D smart TV, a smoker/grill, collectible pedal cars, children's toys, an all-inclusive week in Cancun with one round trip airfare, and a 2007 Ford Mustang, fixed up by Crowder College students.
Live auction services will be provided by Bob Lasswell and Associates again this year. Doors open to the public at 4 p.m. Tuesday, when the silent auction will begin, dinner will follow at 5 p.m. and the live auction is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.
Those wishing to view the items or bid online beforehand may do so by going to http://cloud.bidpal.net/Portal/bpe19624 or by visiting www.crowder.edu and following the link.
Those unable to attend, but who would like to bid, can be represented by a proxy bidder, by contacting the Crowder Foundation office at 455-5646.