On December 9, 2020

Paramount’s Festival of Trees is celebrated virtually in 2020

RUTLAND— The Paramount Theatre is taking its annual benefit auction, The Festival of Trees, entirely virtual this year.  Twelve Days of Bidding kicked off Saturday, Dec. 5. The auction features more than $75,000 in goods, services and dining gift certificates. All bidding will be conducted via a secure, easy-to-navigate online auction platform. The theatre previously made use of this technology to make available silent auction items previously accessible for bidding exclusively at traditional in-person event held at the theatre and received rave reviews for its ease of use and added component of fun that it brought to the event.

“While this beloved decade-and-a-half Paramount tradition is going to look different this year, it’s importance to our sustainability has never been greater,” commented Paramount Executive Director Eric Mallette. “Representing more than 25% of our total fundraising goal for the year, Festival of Trees is a major component of our contributed income success and none of it would be possible without our tremendously supportive community that not only donates dozens of great items and sponsorship support, but shows up in droves to bid.

Bidders are encouraged to visit the theatre’s website at ParamountVT.org to register and to bid. Registration is free and takes only minutes to complete. Once registered, interested buyers can preview the nearly 100 items up for bid. Bidding runs through 5 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 17. Up for auction is a wide array of items including home furnishings and appliances, electronics, unique dining packages and gift certificates, landscaping services and more.

“The excitement of online bidding only adds to the fun – from the comfort of your own home you can bid on anything from a night out at your favorite restaurant to an 18-foot RV!” Mallette added.

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