Wednesday, November 02, 2005
Contact: Ridgely Ingersoll
Public Relations Associate
Holly Festival of Trees Benefits CHKD
November 18-19, Norfolk Yacht and Country Club
(Norfolk, VA) Dozens of creatively decorated holiday trees, wreaths and gingerbread creations will be for sale by live and silent auction at the 23rd Annual Holly Festival of Trees Gala November 18 at 7 p.m. at Norfolk Yacht and Country Club in Norfolk.
The event is organized by the Norfolk City Union of The King's Daughters to benefit Children's Hospital of The King's Daughters. Proceeds will be used to purchase high-tech medical cribs for CHKD's inpatient units.
Approximately 50 trees will be decorated for the occasion by individuals, businesses and civic organizations. Motifs run from the traditional to the fanciful and are carried through from the ornaments to the wonderful array of goodies tucked under each tree. The 2004 Holly Festival of Trees raised $80,000 for CHKD.
Each year, between five and seven of the most elaborate trees are sold in an exciting live auction. Last year's live auction raised $30,000. The following will be among this year's live auction trees:
Vintage 2005--a tree for the wine enthusiast. This tree comes with VIP accommodations and behind-the-scenes tours at vineyards in Sonoma and Napa Valley, California; a wine tasting for 20 in the winning bidder's home; a fully-stocked wine fridge; plus stemware, coolers and other assorted gadgets for wine lovers, all courtesy of Total Wine and More.
'Twas the Night before Christmas--a little girl's dream tree. A snow-white indulgence for a very lucky princess (or a family of them), this tree comes with a bicycle, a doll house, a trundle bed and a trip to Disneyworld courtesy of Southwest Airlines.
Santa's Den and Angels among Us---trees from QVC. Santa's Den will feature den furniture and a tree decorated with Thomas Pacconi blown glass ornaments. Angels Among Us will feature an angel theme and white wicker sunroom furniture.
All-American Fun---a family excursion tree. The fun under this red-white-and- blue themed tree will last all year and include tickets to local and national sporting events and a stay at the new Wolf Lodge in Williamsburg.
David Nygaard Fine Jewelers and Dillard's MacArthur Center also will be donating live auction trees. Approximately 40 smaller trees, decorated with everything from toy monster trucks to Jimmy Buffet memorabilia to Faberge-style eggs will be sold in a silent auction during the gala. One of those, a Raggedy Ann and Andy Tree, will be decorated by Chesapeake resident Crystal Fields, a former leukemia patient at CHKD, who is now a mother of two.
Tickets to attend the gala -- which will feature heavy hors d'oeuvres, live music and cocktails -- are $75 per person.
Other Holly Festival events will include:
• Luncheon and Fashion Show, Friday, November 18, 11:30 a.m.- 1:30 p.m. Mother and daughter teams of King's Daughters will model holiday fashions from Stein Mart Boutique. Tickets are $40 per person.
• Cocoa with Santa, Saturday, November 19, 10:30 a.m. Children can have their pictures taken with Santa. Crafts and games will also be offered. Tickets are $15 per person.
To purchase tickets to any Holly Festival Events, please call (757) 668-7098.