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Church's Christmas Tree Bonfire Benefits Weston Warmup Fund

Dan Lerner, of Weston, along with sons Luke (left) and Casey, drop off their tree for the bonfire. Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman
Dan Lerner of Weston brings his tree to the field where the bonfire was set up. Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman
Betsy Ready (left), of the Outreach Program at Emmanuel Episcopal Church,and Christine Juneau, treasurer at the church, prepare chili for the evening bonfire. Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman
Christmas trees are piled ready for the bonfire. Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman

WESTON, Conn. — Weston's Emmanuel Episcopal Church held its annual Christmas Tree Bonfire on Saturday evening, with residents saying good-bye to the holiday season and proceeds benefiting Weston's Warmup Fund.

People come by during the day and paid $25 to throw their tree into the pile. At 6 p.m., they reconvened and lit the bonfire, an event that has become an annual nondenominational town tradition. The church also serves up chili and cookies for those in attendance.

The Warmup Fund helps needy area families heat their homes in winter.

"I think it's fantastic," Dan Lerner, who was there dropping off his tree with his two boys, said of the bonfire. "It's a great way for families to get out on a winter night, and a good use of the Christmas Trees. It's a great community gathering, and all for a great cause."

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