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Festival Enjoys Lengthy Run, Westfield Partnership

Wednesday, 07 December 2011 11:50

A Tiki Tiki Tiki Room tree, Elves at Work, and It's a Charlie Brown Christmas were among the full-sized trees auctioned off at the 9th annual Festival of Trees Nov. 11-23 at the Westfield Valencia Town Center.  More than 12,000 people helped raise a net of $100,000 at the 2011 event.

The Festival of Trees began with a VIP night Nov. 11 and opened to the public on Nov. 12.  A change to the Festival this year was that all gingerbread houses were put on silent auction. There were 100 delightful creations to choose from.  One featuring lights reined in $225.  Visitors also enjoyed the creative tabletop trees, stockings, wreaths, live stage entertainment and strolling magicians.  Youngsters had a variety of activities to consider in the kids' area.

"This was our third year attending the Festival. We really like all parts. My girls, ages 5 and 7, were captivated by the stage performances, and watched all of them while we were there," Valencia resident Lisa Pieleszek said. "I liked the choices for the crafts-and we enjoyed Mrs. Claus and Twinkles at the elf story time."

The Magic of the Lights gala, held Nov. 19, included a wonderful performance from The Young Americans.  The Golden Getaway tree sponsored by The Young Americans was the top live auction item, earning more than $4,200 for the kids.  Gifts on the tree included a trip (airfare and hotel) to Michigan to see a performance, additional tickets to a show at La Mirada Theatre and four youth scholarships to the Nebraska summer camp. The top selling silent auction tree was Champagne Wishes at $1,000.  The Harry Potter tabletop tree brought in $525.

The 2011 Jingle Jam featured an adult nightclub in partnership with the Jack and Jill of America Foundation on Nov. 12.  About 100 adults enjoyed the live music of famed recording artist Rick Whitfield and dancing to one of LA's hottest DJs.

The 5th annual magic show produced by the International Brotherhood of Magicians Ring 280 enjoyed a new twist.  Past shows were held in the spring or summer.  Holiday Hocus Pocus used magic to tell a wonderful seasonal story to a crowd of more than 300.

"The Magic show was great fun," Saugus resident Nick Sunley said.  "The kids really got a kick out of the whole thing, but they especially enjoyed the magician who made snow out of his hands. That really blew them away."

The Boys & Girls Club offers a big thanks to event co-chairs Todd and Karen Stevens; presenting sponsors Richard and Marian Sandnes (IHOP Saugus & Canyon Country), Jacqulyn and W. Harold Petersen, and Altria Sales & Distribution; platinum sponsors , Condie & Wood, CPA's, Nestle -Steve Presley, Six Flags Magic Mountain, and Westfield Valencia Town Center; and diamond sponsors Advantage Disposal, Camelot Moving & Storage, Chick-fil-A, Bill & Kristin Draper, Galpin Santa Clarita, the Hasbanian Family, Miles Chemical Co.-Anthony and Gina Miles, and Vance Wealth Group - Union Bank. In addition there were more than a dozen gold, silver, and media sponsors.

The Boys & Girls Club also thanks the more than 350 additional volunteers who worked to make the 9th annual Festival of Trees such a success.



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