MSOC Tree Lot sales exceed 2023’s total 

The Optimists’ Tree Lot transforms a parking lot into a forest.

BY DENNY DRESSMAN

One thousand two hundred sixty.

That’s how many Christmas trees the Monaco South Optimist Club sold at its annual tree lot in 2023.

Net proceeds from the sale of those 1,260 trees, plus dozens of wreaths, garland, tree stands and other holiday items, will be used throughout 2024 to support the more than 50 youth and community service projects the club conducts each year. 

Reflecting the club’s motto, “Friend of Youth,” they include:

“Super Citizen” school citizenship/leadership awards at nine Denver schools, oratorical and essay contests with cash prizes, and the middle school Brain Bowl; 

Eagle Scout recognition and Optimists Junior Golf Tournaments; 

Thanksgiving dinner for more than 700, served at the J. Churchill Owen Boys & Girls Club and Girls, Inc. of Metro Denver; 

food baskets, delivered to the homes of needy families, for Thanksgiving and Christmas; 

various volunteer support efforts, including MS Bike Ride, JDRF Walkathon, and Alzheimer’s Memory Walk; and

many other activities.

More than 50 MSOC members volunteered to work the tree lot, which operated seven days a week, and staff the Santa House on weekends. They were joined by members of the distaff Tamarac Optimists, students from Thomas Jefferson High School, and congregants from Bethany Lutheran Church.

Together, the 100-plus workers accounted for more than 1,500 hours of service between November 17 and December 21.

Firefighters from three Denver Fire Department stations also contributed significantly, assisting in the unloading of two tractor-trailers filled with Christmas trees from Oregon.

The total number of trees sold in 2023 exceeded the previous year by almost 40 trees.

“What a remarkable season for selling trees,” said Tom Kramis, Tree Lot Coordinator. “Things couldn’t have gone better.”