Rotary Decks The Halls For Cliff Hammond

The Huntington Rotary's first-ever Festival of Trees, held at Mac's Steakhouse, raised $7,000 for a beloved club member who had been critically injured.

The Huntington Rotary's first-ever Festival of Trees, held at Mac's Steakhouse, raised $7,000 for a beloved club member who had been critically injured.

The Huntington Rotary’s first-ever Festival of Trees raised $7,000 for a beloved member of the club who remains on the mend after being critically injured.

At Mac’s Steakhouse Dec. 3, 80 decorated trees were on display. A panel of judges chose the top 15 to be auctioned off, while the remainder was awarded by Chinese auction.

More than 120 people attended with net proceeds from the event totaling about $7,000 – all of which will be donated for the care of Rotarian Cliff Hammond.

In addition to the evening's proceeds, more than $1,200 in donations were received for Cliff's care, including $1,000 from the Rotary Club of the Ronkonkomas. Other clubs in the district have communicated their intent to contribute as well.

Hammond, 47, a past president of the Huntington Rotary club, suffered extensive injuries and multiple fractures after being hit by a car while crossing the street in Babylon following his daughter’s wedding rehearsal dinner Nov. 20. Since the incident, he has undergone numerous operations to address his injuries.

Rotary leaders thanked the community for their support of the inaugural event.

“Our club should be proud of this first time event and build upon its success so that it becomes a holiday tradition here in the Huntington community,” they said in a thank-you message.