Hamilton small businesses share ‘spirit of giving’

For its annual holiday event, Gallery of Trees, Ravalli County Museum approached downtown businesses to decorate Christmas trees. The overwhelming response from our local businesses strengthens our belief that small businesses are indeed the heart and soul of our community.

We are grateful to ten local businesses that came together to create Christmas magic. Local businesses Rainbow Bar, Brooks Christmas & Gifts, Cardinal Properties, Lakeland Feed & Supply and Grooming by Denise and Dog Face Dog Treats added festivity to our Upstairs Courtroom Gallery. Several downtown restaurants and stores sponsored the Eat, Drink and Be Merry tree by Donna’s Antique and new business Acquired Taste with gift certificates worth over $500. Bitterroot Resource and Conservation Development created a President’s Tree inspired by history.

The event garnered great response and RCM was able to raise over $1500. What touched us though, was how keen our business patrons were to carry forward ‘the spirit of giving’. Lakeland Feed and Supply chose local non -profit Emma’s House to receive the Christmas tree. Cornerstone Realty sponsored the tree to be enjoyed by students at Trapper Creek Job Corps. Anonymous bidder nominated Bitterroot Humane Association to receive a tree. BRVHS President Dan Roethlisberger donated a tree to Hamilton School District and Board Member Dennis Moore purchased one for Bitterroot Youth Homes. There was more Christmas cheer for the RCM as First Security Bank in downtown Hamilton sponsored The RCM Wish list Tree in their bank lobby.

Our event would not have been the great success it was without the support of these Hamilton small businesses. We are thankful to each and every one of them for supporting the Museum and sister non profits in the area. Small businesses do so much for local non profits like ours; we just want to add our voice to the ‘support and shop small business’ movement this holiday and year round.

Sujatha Nair
Ravalli County Museum

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