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."