Pleasanton Weekly

News - November 15, 2013

Christmas Tree Lane starts Nov. 21

ValleyCare fundraiser is health system's major fundraiser

by Jeb Bing

ValleyCare Health System's signature fundraiser Christmas Tree Lane and holiday boutique will be held for three days starting Nov. 21 in Pleasanton's Palm Event Center.

Called a "Midwinter Night's Dream," the benefit will transform the Palm Event Center into a Christmas wonderland where decorated Christmas trees, silent auction gift baskets, gourmet fare, the boutique and a visit with Santa promise to immerse visitors with the Christmas spirit.

From 5-8 p.m. on Thursday evening, Nov. 21, ValleyCare is inviting families to join in a "Wonderland Family Stroll." This event will offer holiday treats while children have the opportunity to shop for their parents in "Santa's Secret Shop." Photos with Santa will be available. Adult tickets are $15 and $10 for children.

The "Tinsel Teas" are scheduled for Friday, Nov. 22 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Here, participants can enjoy high tea, purchase chance-drawing tickets for the trees and a china table setting and get a jump start on shopping at the Holiday Gift Boutique. Tea tickets are $45 per person.

At 6:30 p.m. that evening, the "Silent Night Soiree" begins, featuring a silent auction, sit-down dinner and entertainment by Special Blend and dancing to a DJ. Tickets for the evening event are $90.

The three-day fundraiser will be capped off with the Silver Bells luncheon on Saturday, Nov. 23 with tickets at $100 each.

Doors will open at 10:30 a.m. for guests to enjoy the lights and colors, visit the "Merry Gentlemen" to purchase chance drawing tickets for the trees, enjoy gourmet fare and entertainment and place bids on silent auction gift baskets, wreaths and garlands. The highlight of the event will be a drawing for decorated Christmas trees and a china table setting.

The holiday gift boutique with holiday and home decorating items will be open at all events, along with tickets for the drawings for the trees and china table setting.

The Palm Event Center is at 1184 Vineyard Ave., between Western Garden Nursery and Ruby Hill.

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