Christmas Tree Fundraiser California Trick

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November 24, 2016 at 7:50 pm A 7-foot fir tree depicting magic made famous in the Harry Potter books. A tree adorned with sock monkeys. Nemo and Dory from animated film fame. These are among the many characters and ornate scenes on display at the 37th annual Festival of Trees fundraiser. Standing under a cool blue light, the “Enchanted Holiday at Hogwarts” tree has broomsticks for arms, a sorting hat in place of a star, a model train track with signs leading to Diagon Alley and Hogsmeade, as well as wizarding robes and a desk replete with faux potions, a quill and wizarding books. Like all of the trees, wreaths and ornaments being auctioned off, proceeds will help pay for pediatric trauma beds and cribs at the Riverside University Health System’s hospital in Moreno Valley. In past years, trees have sold for up to $15,000, community event coordinator Margot Chabot said. The festival runs from Friday, Nov. A private gala was held Tuesday, Nov. Emory D’Aquila, 33, was one of several Riverside City College nursing students who decorated Enchanted Holiday. Knowing their work will help children in need made the experience all the more meaningful, he said. “It was such a positive environment being around colleagues and friends, knowing it’s for a good cause,” D’Aquila said. Michael Vanderpool, board chairman for the University Health System, said past support has been key in securing needed equipment. “When you look at the different things we’ve been able to do through the generosity of people who come and their commitment to the hospital, it ultimately saves babies’ lives,” Vanderpool said. “What the foundation does through this vehicle allows people to support the work of the foundation and make a real difference for families in our community.

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