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December 4, 2012 > Festival of Trees

Festival of Trees

By Julie Grabowski

The Milpitas Parks and Recreation Foundation invites the community to celebrate the season with the spirit of giving at their 5th annual "Festival of Trees Gala and Silent Auction" on Thursday, December 13. Enjoy an evening of hors d'oeuvres, champagne, and live music courtesy of Amethyst Trio, amid a collection of beautiful holiday trees and wreaths in the Milpitas City Hall Rotunda. Trees are decorated by different sponsors and will vie for various awards including Best of Show and Most Creative. Trees are currently on display and may be viewed through December 12 from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

The event is a fundraiser for the Milpitas Parks and Recreation Foundation's Grant and Scholarship Program, which helps low income families participate in the City's recreation programs, as well as assists local organizations. Established in 2007, the Foundation encourages growth and healthy living through involvement in sports, the arts, and various community programs for a strong generation today, as well as for those to come. Several local programs have benefitted from their efforts, including children's theater program Rainbow Theater, Milpitas National Little League, Recreation Assistance Program (RAP), and the Barbara Lee Senior Center.

Since its inception, the Festival of Trees event has raised thousands of dollars to assist Milpitas residents and organizations, and continues to offer an elegant evening out and the opportunity to perhaps bring a little elegance home. Ten trees will be sold at a silent auction complete with accompanying presents, such as golf lessons, ski weekends, flat screen televisions, wine and gift cards. Those with the highest bid can take their winnings home or donate their tree to a family in need in Milpitas. In addition to fancy trees, wreaths and gift baskets will be raffled. Attendees might walk away with a gourmet dinner, golf package, or pampering treats. In addition to the festivities, a keynote address will be given by Santa Clara County Supervisor Dave Cortese.

All funds raised through Festival of Trees will go to the Milpitas Grant and Scholarship Program.

Help the Foundation make this anniversary their most successful yet and buy your ticket for an elegant holiday experience that gives back to the community.

Admission price includes a commemorative champagne flute and chance drawing ticket. The Gala is for adults 21 and over. Tickets are limited and must be purchased in advance. To learn more call Recreation Services at (408) 586-3409. Tickets can be purchased or donations to the Foundation's Grant and Scholarship Program are available online at

Festival of Trees Gala & Silent Auction
Thursday, Dec 13
5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
City Hall Rotunda
455 E. Calaveras Blvd., Milpitas
(408) 586-3409
Tickets: $12

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