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January 1, 2013 > Trees of Angels 2012 Spreading Holiday Cheer

Trees of Angels 2012 Spreading Holiday Cheer

Friends, family and community members joined together to attend tree-lighting ceremonies and a childrenÕs holiday breakfast as part of the seventeenth annual Trees of Angels campaign. Washington Hospital Healthcare Foundation and Mark and Gaby Bernardin, owners of several local McDonald's restaurants, partner on Trees of Angels in the Tri-City area to support local hospice care.

The 2012 Trees of Angels events commenced with a tree-lighting ceremony on Monday, November 26, at the Bernardin Family McDonald's located on Mission Boulevard and I-680 in Fremont. The Mission San Jose Choir, led by Jason Aucoin, sang holiday favorites, while Mayor-Elect, Bill Harrison, and Linda Wasserman threw the switch to light the tree adorned with angels and lights.
The following Saturday, the Children's Holiday Breakfast was held at Washington West. More than 200 attendees enjoyed breakfast provided by the Bernardin Family McDonald's, as well as a magic show performed by Ronald McDonald and a photo session with Santa and Mrs. Claus. The Bernardin family also generously donated gifts for all children who attended.
The third event took place at Newark City Hall on December 3. After Santa and Mrs. Claus mingled with the crowd, Mayor Al Nagy emceed the program. The Newark Memorial Advanced Choir entertained community members with holiday carols.
The final tree lighting took place two nights later at the Nakamura Clinic in Union City. Speaking for the Union City Chamber of Commerce, which co-hosted the event, Chamber President, Gloria Watson, welcomed the crowd. President-elect of the Foundation and mayor of Union City, Carol Dutra Vernaci, emceed the event and lit the tree with the help of the children in attendance. The James Logan Jazz Singers, led by Erin McShane, sang for the crowd. Following the tree lighting, guests enjoyed refreshments provided by chamber members.
"The Foundation would like to thank all those who volunteered their time to help make these events possible," said Demetrious Shaffer, President of the Foundation. "Sponsors and donors generously contributed over $40,000 Ð a record amount. Thank you to our friends and supporters for attending these festive holiday events."

If you would like to make a donation to Trees of Angels in support of local hospice care, please contact the Foundation at (510) 791-3428 or email:

Washington Hospital Healthcare Foundation would like to extend a warm thank you to the 2012 Trees of Angels Sponsors:

Janice Futch-Claridge
R.K. Electric

Bernardin Family McDonaldÕs
Washington Hospital Healthcare Foundation

Fremont Bank Foundation
Gonsalves & Kozachenko

Keith and Verna Krugman
Washington Township Medical Foundation

Michael W. Conley
Masonic Homes of California
Niles Rotary Club of Fremont
The Paxton/Golding Family
In Loving Memory of Claudia Paxton
Rotary Club of Fremont

William Barulich
Check Center
East Bay Dermatology Medical Group, Inc.
Fullbright & Jaworski, L.L.P
Gift Gallery
Gerry Harrison
Pan Pacific Bank
Dolores Rose
Rotary Club of Newark
Jerry Slavonia
Ann B. Solem/Solem Consulting
Taylor Family Foundation
The Family of Richard Warren
Washington Outpatient Surgery Center

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