Come check out NYC themed Christmas trees and support Great Tails Animal Rescue

Gala for Great Tails includes eight NYC themed Christmas trees

A look at how you can support Great Tails Animal Rescue while enjoying Christmas trees!

The CoHaus is an exciting new space in Grand Rapids.

And right now, it’s decorated to the max for the upcoming gala for Great Tails Animal Rescue.

Organizer Sandy Wagner decided to pick a NYC theme this year. “I thought how can I bring a little bit of New York here, because not everybody can go,” she told us.

There are eight decorated trees that will be up for auction, depicting colors and themes from places like Sak’s 5th Avenue, Macy’s, Grand Central Station, and Tiffany’s.

One of them is the Freedom Tower Tree, and includes the names of all the people who died on 9/11.

Next to it is a smaller tree to honor Sarah Grell, the DNR Conservation Officer who died in a crash while working.

The Tunnels to Towers Foundation is coming out to speak at the gala. They support first responders’ families who’ve lost loved ones in the line of duty.

Proceeds from the event will support Great Tails, which is looking to build their own shelter facility in Cohasset.

The Friday fundraiser is sold out.

But the public is invited to check out the trees on Saturday, from 10am-4pm. There will be photo opportunities and light refreshments. Donations will gladly be accepted for Great Tails.

Shannon Anttila, co-founder of Great Tails, said, “It took my breath away when I walked in. I think this is going to add a much needed boost for our capital campaign.”

Secretary Roberta Yates added, “Sandy Wagner has done a wonderful job bringing the community together, and donating the decorations for the trees.”

CoHaus is co-owned by Lewie Kellin, an entrepreneur in town. “I just like the space. It’s not too large, and it’s a blank canvas.”

He’s looking forward to being an eco-system for good ideas, with membership offered soon.

To support Great Tails: