2010 Festival of Trees

2010 Festival of Trees


The event featured 21 gorgeously designed Christmas trees and 6 gingerbread houses available for silent auction bidding, and three nights of holiday entertainment and activities. This year’s event raised $32,273.89 for the SOS Social Services Program – helping families in need of housing assistance (rent, mortgage and utilities) as they struggle to stabilize their situation.

November 30th was a holiday reception hosted by the SOS Board of Directors. Board Members, Festival of Trees sponsors, tree designers, and guests mingled among the beautifully decorated and themed trees, enjoyed Christmas songs played and sung by El Sol Academy, and delicious food prepared by the Hilton. Larry Kugelman, SOS Board Member, and Shaun Robinson, General Manager of the Hilton Orange County/Costa Mesa, spoke about the importance of the event and helping those who are less fortunate this holiday season.

The December 1st Free Community Open House Night was a busy and fun event for the kids! Children’s activities included face painting, crafts and cookie decorating and magic surprises by Rich Hurley Magic. Santa was on hand for photos and last minute Christmas list requests.

The Family Celebration Night on December 2nd was a festive affair. Guests feasted on a holiday buffet, while the younger attendees enjoyed a kid-sized buffet of all their favorites. The tree and gingerbread house auction was in full swing, with bids being placed until the last minute. Mark Wood of Mark Wood Entertainment entertained the crowd with holiday songs and brought the kids on stage to join him. Matt Jarman, World Champion Magician performed tricks for guests of all ages. It was a wonderful beginning to the holiday season!

Sponsors and Underwriters

O Christmas Tree Sponsor

Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian

Santa Claus Sponsor

Wallace Air Cargo Group, Inc.

St. Nicholas Sponsor

Anaheim Ducks & Honda Center; The Brown Family

Pere Noel Sponsor

Kavanaugh Family Foundation; The Johnny Rockets Group, Inc.

Gingerbread House Sponsor

Richard and Jane Taylor

Ornament Sponsor

Linda and Robin Boyd; Link, Murrel & Co.

Media Sponsor

Daily Pilot

Venue Sponsor

Hilton Hotels Corporation


James D. Akins, Jr.; Bob & Audrey Augustine; Karen Bianchi; David C. Herzlinger and Jeanne Spudick; Patricia Knapp; Richard and Jane Taylor; The Bianchi Family

Tree Designers

Bonne Fleur Floral & Special Events Designs; Cool Designs for Landscapes; Disney VoluntEARS; Elegant by Design; Karen Fabian Designs; Les Deux Amies; Leslie Sykes Design; Living Landscapes; Lori Weinraub; Michelle Jones Interiors; Peg Berens Interior Design; Prizant Design; Tangram Interiors; SOUL; The Good Plant; The Lab/The Camp

Gingerbread House Designers

Color Me Sweet; Helen Freeborn; Jen Kosman; Patty Garcia; Downey Adult School Cake Decorating Teacher; Rossmoor Pastries; Terrie Sontag

Event Sponsors

Andy Templeton Photography; Arty Brush Strokes Face and Body Painting; Barrett-Jackson; BC Displays and Signage; Coast Mailing Services; El Sol Academy; Mark Wood Entertainment; Matt Jarman, World Champion Magician; Party Fun by Dave Lewis; Penn-Mayflower Moving and Storage; Rich Hurley Magic; RWB Party Props; St. John the Baptist Handbell Choir; William Swinnerton aka Santa!

Festival of Trees Committee

Gaye Besler, Kathleen Bruski, Barbara Ellerbrock, Elizabeth Evans, Karen Harrington, Eric Harvey, Kelly Harvey, Paige Harvey, Jerry Kappel, Helen Kinsey, Keith Lambert, Julie Larson, Theresa Madden, Carrie Meldrum, Mary Moyer, Connie Nelson, Patty Nesbit, Terri Pasquale, Brendan Ramos, Shaun Robinson, Raspinder Seewat, Tay Simmons, Sally Warrick, Lori Weinraub

A Hilton Holiday
Designed By: Bonne Fleur Floral & Special Events Designs Designed By: Lori Weinraub
One to two night stays at – Hilton San Diego
Bay Front, Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines, Hilton Waterfront Beach Resort, Beverly Hilton, Fess Parker Doubletree Resort, Hilton San Francisco, La Quinta Resort & Club, and the Arizona Biltmore
Included Items: A five course dinner for two with wine pairing at The Lido Deck Restaurant & Wine Bar in Lido Marina Village.
Tinsel and Tumbleweeds
Bal Masques
Designed By: Michelle Jones Interiors and Leslie Sykes Design Designed By: The Festival of Trees Committee
Included Items: $250 South Coast Plaza gift certificate 2 VIP Guest Credentials to the 2011 Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Event, June 24-26, 2 tickets to the Opening Night Gala, preferred parking pass; gift certificate for a set of four Yokohama S. drive, AVID, Geolander tires.
Starry Night
Designed By: Tangram Interiors Designed By: The Festival of Trees Committee
Included Items: $200 Crate and Barrel gift card; Champagne centerpiece wreath from Crate and Barrel Included Items: Four plaza level tickets to a Anaheim Ducks regular season home game, 2010-2011 Anaheim Ducks team autographed jersey, and #8 Teemu Selanne autographed stick
World of Color
Hollywood Glam
Designed By: Disney VoluntEARS Designed By: Karen Fabien Designs
Little Girl’s Custom Fairy Outfits, Embellished Hair Accessories for Infants through Adults and a $25 Gift Certificate from Fairy Flowers; $40 gift card to Marie Callender’s; Two complimentary meal cards to Harborside Restaurant and Ballroom; 8 admission tickets to the OC Zoo Included Items: 8-bottle private wine tasting for 12 people at your home with wine consultant; gift card for a tour and tasting at Justin Vineyards in Paso Robles; gift certificate for a tasting for two at Fess Parker in Los Olivos
Champagne Wishes
Reanimation – Old Time Healing
Designed By: Peg Berens Interior Design and Prizant Design Designed By: The Festival of Trees Committee
Garden Traditions
California XMAS
Designed By: Landscapes by Carol Designed By: Elegant by Design
Large door wreath constructed of silk hydrangea flowers; Docent tour for 12 to Sherman Library and Gardens Included Items: $100 gift card to the Yard House
Aloha Christmas
Garden Glitz
Designed By: The Good Plant Designed By: Cool Designs for Landscapes
4 meal certificates from Real Mex Restaurants; gift certificate for breakfast, lunch, or dinner for two at Taco Rosa Included Items: OC Fair Wine Basket – a variety of wine and two VIP tickets to the OC Fair New Year’s Eve Block Party
March of the Nutcrackers
Into the Woods
Designed By: Les Deux Amies Designed By: SOUL
Holiday tin nutcracker on drum; 8-bottle private wine tasting for 12 people at your home with wine consultant

Included Items: $250 gift certificate to South Coast Plaza

Sticks and Stones ~ A Primal Christmas
A Christmas Art Gallery
Designed By: The Camp Designed By: The Lab
Included Items: $200 worth of “green” business certificates Included Items: $300 worth of gift certificates to businesses at The Lab
Jardin Francais
Christmas Confections
Designed By: Bonne Fleur Floral & Special Events Designs Designed By: Living Landscapes
Included Items: $75 gift certificate to Marche Modern, $75 gift certificate to Pinot Provence Included Items: Gift certificate for a 9” sweet cake from Simply Sweet Cakery; Gift certificate for Bread for a Year from Panera Bread