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November 26, 2013 > Trees of Angels lights up the holidays

Trees of Angels lights up the holidays

Submitted By John McCoy

For 18 years, the Trees of Angels tree lightings and ChildrenÕs Holiday Breakfast have supported hospice care in the Tri-City area. Monday, December 2 kicks off the series of festive gatherings, which includes four tree lighting ceremonies, a childrenÕs holiday breakfast, and a high school choral competition. Each event will offer entertainment, refreshments, and raffle prizes. All tree lighting ceremonies are complimentary.

New this year is the tree lighting ceremony and high school choral competition on Thursday, December 12 at Washington West. The choral competition will feature four local high school choirs competing for a $1,000 donation to their schoolÕs music program. In addition, each participating school will receive a $250 donation and each singer in the competition will receive a McDonaldÕs gift card. Participating high schools include James Logan, Newark Memorial, Irvington, and Alison Montessori.

The ChildrenÕs Holiday Breakfast on Saturday, December 7 offers an opportunity for kids to meet Ronald McDonald while enjoying entertainment, and posing for a picture with Santa and Mrs. Claus! Breakfast is $10 per person; reservations are recommended.

The family friendly Trees of Angels events help to raise funds for local hospice care. "Trees of Angels is our way of bringing some holiday cheer to our neighbors in the community," said Mark Bernardin, Chair of the Trees of Angels Committee. "It gives us the opportunity to celebrate with our friends in Fremont, Union City, and Newark, while supporting hospice care services for Tri-City residents."

Hospice services allow patients to live their final weeks with dignity, often in the comfort of their own home, amidst the support and compassion of their loves ones. The care patients and their families receive provides the gift of quality time Ð a cherished gift during the holiday season. Since its inception in 1996, Trees of Angels has raised over $485,000 in support of local hospice care for Tri-City area families.

"We are very grateful for the support of our sponsors who make Trees of Angels possible each year" said Carol Dutra-Vernaci, President of the Washington Hospital Healthcare FoundationÕs Board of Directors. "Bernardin Family McDonald's has also been a great partner, providing the food, volunteers and raffle prizes each year for the ChildrenÕs Holiday Breakfast. Thanks to our sponsors and community supporters, we are able to provide significant support to local hospice care."

Thank you to sponsors: Bernardin Family McDonaldÕs; Harmony Sponsors: Fremont Bank Foundation and Gonsalves & Kozachenko; Angel Sponsors: Integral Communities, Keith and Verna Krugman, LAM Research, and Washington Township Medical Foundation; Dove Sponsors: Check Center, Masonic Homes of California, Rotary Club of Fremont, Rotary Club of Niles, and Vitas Innovative Hospice Care; Star Sponsors: Rotary Club of Newark, Jerry Slavonia, and Solem & Associates.

For more information about the upcoming Trees of Angels events or to RSVP for the ChildrenÕs Holiday Breakfast, call (510) 791-3428 or visit

Newark City Hall Tree Lighting Ceremony
Monday, Dec 2
6:30 p.m.
3701 Newark Blvd., Newark

McDonaldÕs Restaurant Tree Lighting Ceremony
Tuesday, Dec 3
5:30 p.m.
42800 Mission Blvd., Fremont

Union City Chamber of Commerce Tree Lighting Ceremony and Mixer
Wednesday, Dec 4
5:30 p.m.
Nakamura Clinic
33077 Alvarado-Niles Rd., Union City

ChildrenÕs Holiday Breakfast Featuring Ronald McDonald and Santa Claus
Saturday, Dec 7
8 a.m.
Washington West, 2500 Mowry Ave., Fremont
Cost: $10 per person Ð RSVP Recommended

Tree Lighting Ceremony and High School Choral Competition
Thursday, Dec 12
5 p.m.
Washington West, 2500 Mowry Ave., Fremont

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