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January 2, 2008 > 12th Annual Trees of Angels Campaign a Great Success

12th Annual Trees of Angels Campaign a Great Success

The 12th annual Trees of Angels campaign was a rousing success. Trees of Angels was started in the Tri-City area by Al Bernardin, owner of several local McDonald's franchises, and the Washington Hospital Healthcare Foundation (WHHF) as part of a joint commitment to supporting hospice care. Washington Hospital works with Pathways Hospice to ensure the comfort and dignity of people nearing the end of life.

Hundreds of guests attended the tree-lighting ceremonies in Fremont, Union City and Newark. The 2007 Trees of Angels campaign kicked off with the first tree-lighting ceremony of the season on November 26 at the Bernardin Family McDonald's located on Mission Blvd and Interstate 680. Fremont Mayor Bob Wasserman took honors lighting the tree and students from the Mission San Jose High School Chamber Chorale sang to the assembled crowd.

The second ceremony, on November 28, was held at the Nakamura Clinic in Union City. Union City Councilwoman Carol Dutra-Vernaci took honors lighting the tree for a very appreciative audience from Union City. Washington Hospital sponsored this joint event with the Union City Chamber of Commerce, providing attendees with the chance to support Trees of Angels and mingle with each other over refreshments donated by local restaurants.

On December 1, Washington Hospital Healthcare Foundation hosted the Children's Holiday Breakfast. More than 200 attendees enjoyed breakfast from McDonald's, a magic show from Ronald McDonald, and a photo session with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Big thanks to "Grins 2 Go" for donating their digital photography services.

The final Trees of Angels lighting ceremony took place December 13 at the Silliman Center in Newark. Newark Mayor Dave Smith took the honors of lighting the tree and the ceremony was followed by entertainment provided by the Newark Symphonic Winds who played a number of seasonal selections.

"The Foundation would like to thank all of the people who have volunteered their time to help make these events possible," says WHHF Executive Director Brent Hodson. "Thank you to all who attended the events in support of local hospice care."

Hodson notes that people who still wish to contribute to this important community service may still do so. "During this season of giving and family celebrations, a gift to hospice care is a wonderful way to help terminally ill patients be with their loved ones during the holidays."

Your tax-deductible donation of $10 or more will help ensure that local individuals and families know about and have access to hospice care. Each donation to light a symbolic bulb in the Trees of Angels campaign shines in honor or in memory of a loved one. Donors who contribute $50 or more will receive a special angel tree ornament and recognition in the Washington Hospital Healthcare Foundation's newsletter.

To donate, please make checks payable to Washington Hospital Healthcare Foundation and mail to WHHF, 2000 Mowry Avenue, Fremont, CA 94538.

For further information about Trees of Angels, please call (510) 791-3428, email, or visit For more information about hospice services, please call (888) 755-7855.

The Washington Hospital Foundation would like to thank the following Trees of Angels sponsors:

Benefactor Sponsor
R.K. Electric, Inc.

Media Sponsor

Dove Sponsors
Patricia & Richard Ash
Dr. & Mrs. Moses Taghioff
Washington Outpatient Surgery Center

Star Sponsors
Fremont Rotary Club
Scott Haggerty, Alameda County Supervisor
Gerry Harrison
Heritage Bank of Commerce
Keith & Verna Krugman
Masonic Homes of California
Niles Fremont Rotary Club
Park Central Care & Rehab Center
Spin-a-Yarn Restaurant

In-Kind and Raffle Donors
Bay Cities Produce Company
Bernardin Family McDonald's
Bob Johnson, California Supply North
Cabrillo Park Cafˇ
Cloverleaf Family Bowl
Colin Shutes, Southern Wine and Spirits
Dana Hernandez
Goldilock's Bakery
Hometown Buffet
Kerry Ingredients
Linda Vigil
Paddy's Coffee
Sue and Mark Querner, Gift Gallery
Rose's Cafˇ
Silliman Activity Center
Texas Roadhouse
Union City Chamber of Commerce
Z Pizza

James Logan High School Jazz Singers
Mission San Jose Chamber Chorale
Newark Symphonic Winds
Ronald McDonald

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