Sneak Peek: 32nd Annual Christmas Tree Auction

Nov 28, 2012 No Comments by

VISALIA, Calif. – Get your free sneak peek at the beautiful trees on display at the 32nd annual Christmas Tree Auction, Bubbles & Baubles. The free preview will take place between 2 – 4:30 p.m. at the Visalia Convention Center this Friday, November 30. Bring your family and friends to see the 15 elaborate trees volunteers have spent countless hours decorating.

Thanks to a generous sponsorship provided by Quail Park Retirement Village, this preview is being offered free to the public once again. It’s clear that the spirit of generosity is in the air as the community prepares to celebrate and help raise money for local non-profit organizations. Hosted by the Visalia Chamber of Commerce, the 32nd annual Christmas Tree Auction once again promises to be the grandest gala of the year. Attendees can expect an evening of fabulous entertainment, fine wine, and delicious food from nearly two dozen local restaurants.

The grandeur of elegant Christmas trees carefully designed and decorated by the wonderful volunteers of the community is the perfect way to commemorate 32 years of giving.  For the last three decades, this event has been the primary fundraiser for many local charities each year as they depend on the generosity of donors to keep their operations running.

While the focus will continue to be on the trees and the charities, we will once again include a fully-catered, sit-down dinner by Sue Sa’s Creative Catering as part of the “VIP Experience” (5:30 – 11:30 p.m.) as well as the live tree auction, dancing, hors d’oeuvres, and wine tasting. The live tree auction will take place during dinner and will be MC’d by AJ Fox of KSEE 24.  Pricing has been reduced across the board this year: $125 for the VIP ticket; $60 for general admission (7:30 – 11:30 p.m.; includes dancing, hors d’ouevres, and wine).

Volunteers are preparing to decorate 15 live Christmas trees to be auctioned off for the benefit of the following local charities:

•  Assistance League Visalia

•  Battered Women’s Shelter/Family Services

•  CLIP Arts Christ Lutheran Academy for the Performing Arts

•  Court Appointed Special Advocates of Tulare County

•  El Diamante High School

•  Enchanted Evening

•  Golden State Family Services

•  Habitat for Humanity of Tulare County

•  Hospice of Tulare County Foundation

•  Jeff Barnes Brain Injury Foundation

•  Kaweah Delta Foundation Lifeline

•  Love In the Name of Christ

•  LOVE, Inc. – Daughters of Hope

•  Mt. Whitney High School Marching Band

•  NAMI of Tulare County

•  Redwood High School ASB

•  Sequoia Breast Center

•  St. Paul’s Parents Guild

•  Tulare County Symphony Association

•  Tulare County Symphony League

•  United Way of Tulare County

•  Visalia Education Foundation

•  Visalia Rescue Mission

•  Visalia YMCA

•  Young Lives of Tulare County

Reserve your tickets now at the Visalia Chamber of Commerce; call (559) 734-5876, or visit the office at 220 N. Santa Fe St. in Visalia.

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James Olinger is a native of the San Joaquin Valley. He graduated from West Hills College in Coalinga, California in 2000 with an associate's degree in liberal arts. He joined Business Street in 2004 as a staff writer, and became the associate editor in 2007. He maintains that position today, writing for Business Street Online in a variety of topics.
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