The Miami Civic Center will be a dazzling bounty of lights at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 16 when it will house the Community Crisis Center's Festival of Trees.

This is the seventh year the Community Crisis Center has held the festival.

“It has grown over the years,” said DeeDee Wenger, executive director of the center. “But, I think it would grow even more if people knew what we did and what we stand for.”

Unfortunately, due to confidentiality restrictions, the word can't get out as much as Wenger would like.

Many people don't even realize the center has satellite offices in Grove and Vinita to bring its services closer to those who need them.

According to the most recent statistics, the shelter has housed more than 150 people as well as helped another 150 in the satellite offices over the past year.

The courts have sent 72 people to the batterers program.

Another 75 people have participated in the center's parenting programs.

“I'm very proud of the health fair we held for fifth graders in Grove,” Wenger said. “We had almost 150 participants. Next year, we've scheduled a similar health fair in Vinita.”

None of these programs come cheap.

According to Wenger, the center's budget for next year is $725,000. The center has received approximately $625,000 in grants and donations and income from the thrift store.

Wenger expects to receive another $20,000 in additional grants.

“We count on the Festival of Trees to bring in a lot of the rest of that money,” Wenger said.

The board of directors of the Community Crisis Center decided to expand the type of items available at the auction this year.

“We still have the wonderful trees, but we also have a variety of other items for those who already have Christmas trees,” Wenger said.

Items up for auction this year include the centerpieces on each table donated by Sunkissed Floral; a wreath from Duffís; a topiary from Dr. Mark Folk's office and a wreath from Dr. Jack Doney.

Full-size trees donated include a “red tree” from Pioneer Transmission; a “tool time tree” from Modern Home Inspection; a full-size tree from Newell Coach; a full-size tree with a Duck's Unlimited theme from Nancy Garrett Realty and a tree based on the Disney movie “Cars” from the City of Miami.

Also up for auction will be a $1,000 travel voucher from the Miami Travel Service donated by Blitz and Susan Rhodes Realty; a two carat diamond ring donated by Harvey's Diamonds and Gifts; a year's social membership as well as a cart, breakfast, lunch a nd green fees for four at the Miami Golf and Country Club; a two nights stay at a bed and breakfast donated by Rob Garwood; several gift baskets donated by Security Bank and two teeth whitenings by Dr. Gregory Heibert.

Other items are still being donated.

Tickets are still available to the dinner and the auction.

For more information, call 540-2275.