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Festival of Trees bearing gifts

December 08, 2010|By Ruth Sowby
(Ruth Sowby )

For 35 years, the Assistance League of Glendale has presented its Festival of Trees. This year's location, the Glendale Hilton, provided a sparkling setting for this looked-forward-to occasion.

On Sunday, close to 500 supporters headed to the hotel's foyer where a silent auction started at 10 a.m. Shortly after that, the ballroom opened to more chances to give and receive at the same time — items including 21 lush, highly decorated Christmas trees lining the walls.

One of the most popular opportunity prizes was the perennial Santa's sack full of gift certificates to the best of Glendale restaurants, such as Palate Food + Wine. Also popular was a tree full of crystal birds with an accompanying $200 Costco certificate.

Just before lunch, Assistance League President Jean Peacock welcomed her audience of women and a sprinkling of men, all in their Sunday best. Referring to the change in venue, Peacock said, "We are delighted to be home for the holidays in Glendale."


She announced that through the fundraising efforts of the Assistance League, more than 500 Glendale elementary school children were dressed, $8,000 was given in scholarships, and $2,000 in cash and books were given to each of five Glendale elementary schools.

The league's Authors and Illustrators Day, providing a large share of those funds, was started in 1997 by members Nancy Frazee and Karen Grigg. Husbands Jerry Frazee and Gary Grigg were at the Festival in support of their hardworking wives.

Event Chairman Karen Millman recognized Diane Thisdell as the first chairwoman of the Festival of Trees in 1975. This year's committee was also recognized, including Karen Grigg and Barbara Hamer, Danette Erickson on publicity, Mary Margaret Smith in charge of opportunity tickets sales and Sally Benson, who put together the silent auction of more than 50 glittering prizes.

Entertainment included the Crescenta Valley High School Charismatics Strolling Carolers and the Glendale High School Chamber Choir, introduced by Terry Jones, the first emcee at a Festival of Trees. Jones is the son-in-law of Diane Thisdell.

Glendale residents present included Margaret Hammond, Martha Feutz, Mary Rose Grim, Lynda Burns, Chloe Rubenstein and Suzanne and John Bangert with son David Bangert.

Expected proceeds of $50,000 will help support Assistance League charities, such as Operation School Bell and the Senior Neighborhood Fellowship luncheons.

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