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Trees of Angels Lights Up the Holidays

November 22, 2013

Annual Celebration Supports Local Hospice Care


Trees of Angels 2013For 18 years, the Trees of Angels tree lightings and Children’s 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 children’s 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 school’s music program.  In addition, each participating school will receive a $250 donation and each singer in the competition will receive a McDonald’s gift card.  Participating high schools include James Logan, Newark Memorial, Irvington and Alison Montessori.

The Children’s Holiday Breakfast on Saturday, December 7, offers the opportunity for kids to meet Ronald McDonald while enjoying entertainment and having their picture taken with Santa and Mrs. Claus!  The breakfast is $10 per person and reservation are recommended.

A Holiday Tradition – Compassionate Care

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 loved ones.  The care patients and their families receive provides the gift of quality time – 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 Foundation’s Board of Trustees. "Bernardin Family McDonald's has also been a great partner, providing the food, volunteers and raffle prizes each year for the Children’s Holiday Breakfast. Thanks to our sponsors and community supporters, we are able to provide significant support to local hospice care."

For more information about the upcoming Trees of Angels events or Washington Hospital Healthcare Foundation, call (510) 791-3428, email foundation@whhs.com or visit www.whhs.com/foundation.


Upcoming Trees of Angels Events


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

Tuesday, December 3, 5:30 p.m.

McDonald’s Restaurant Tree Lighting Ceremony
42800 Mission Boulevard, Fremont

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

Saturday, December 7, 8:00 a.m.
Children’s Holiday Breakfast Featuring Ronald McDonald and Santa Claus
Washington West, 2500 Mowry Avenue, Fremont
$10 per person – RSVP Recommended

Thursday, December 12, 5:00 p.m.
Tree Lighting Ceremony and High School Choral Competition
Washington West, 2500 Mowry Avenue, Fremont


Thank You to Our Sponsors

Bernardin Family McDonald’s

Harmony Sponsors
Fremont Bank Foundation
Gonsalves & Kozachenko

Angel Sponsors
Integral Communities
Keith and Verna Krugman
LAM Research
Washington Township Medical Foundation

Dove Sponsors
Check Center
Masonic Homes of California
Rotary Club of Fremont
Rotary Club of Niles
Vitas Innovative Hospice Care

Star Sponsors
Rotary Club of Newark
Jerry Slavonia
Solem & Associates