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Providence O'Christmas Trees celebrates 30th anniversary with high expectations and tribute to past presenting artists

September 11, 2014

$1.2 million raised in 2013

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SEATTLE —For the past 30 years Providence O’ Christmas Trees has wowed the community with a spectacular fundraiser that rings in the holiday season and benefits those served by Providence Senior and Community Services. This year promises to be the best ever as this event, which features 14 exquisitely designed Christmas trees, reminisces about the past and looks to the future of helping those in need through healthcare, housing and hospice.

The 2014 Providence O'Christmas Trees kicks off the holiday season on Dec. 1-3, 2014, with a Christmas Carnival, Silver Bells Luncheon and a dinner gala, all at The Westin Seattle.

KING-TV anchor Dennis Bounds will continue his 15-year tradition of emceeing the event, accompanied by Puget Sound Business Journal columnist Patti Payne, who returns as mistress of ceremonies in commemoration of her past support for the event.

In addition to showcasing the work of the region's top designers who will decorate the trees that will be auctioned off, the 30th anniversary will feature a Christmas tree-themed display with contributions from each of O'Christmas Trees' past nine presenting artists. They include J.P. Canlis, Dale Chihuly, Experience Hendrix - A Tribute to Jimi, Steve Jensen, Thierry Rautureau, Anna Skibska, Scott Ward, Olivier Wevers, and Luly Yang.

"Our 30th year anniversary is significant because it shows the strength of our fundraising mission – support for the poor and vulnerable in our community," said Patricia Szabo, executive director of Providence Senior and Community Services Special Events. "Even as the economy slowly recovers from the recession, we have persevered and have been able to continually depend on the generosity of our donors to meet ongoing needs. Our 30th anniversary is an opportunity to thank all of them for their steadfast support."

The three-day event offers holiday fun and joy for all ages. Families are invited to attend the free "Christmas Carnival" on Dec. 1 from 12 to 8 p.m. at The Westin Seattle, 1900 Fifth Ave. Enjoy live entertainment, craft projects for the kids, photos with Santa and a musical visit by headliners The Not-Its, whose newest album "Raise your hand" has been released to rave reviews. Your kiddos won't be able to resist the urge to get up and dance! Enjoy strolling through a forest of innovatively decorated Christmas trees. Some of this year's themes include "It's a Small World," "Frozen," "A Garland Tree, AKA Judy" and "Go Hawks!"

The “Silver Bells Luncheon” will be held Dec. 2 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Celebrate the spirit of the season while you enjoy a fashion show featuring models representing our past, present and future. Enter to win Designer Handbags, a Pacific Place $500 gift certificate, and an All Access Pass to 2015 O'Christmas Trees. Jump start your holiday shopping in the Glassy Baby gift boutique.

The O’Christmas Trees Gala Dinner & Auction, chaired by Dr. Rayburn Lewis and his wife Beth Upton, with honorary chair Duell Fisher, will follow on the evening of Dec. 3. The trees and other amazing items will be auctioned to benefit seniors and hospice patients served by Providence Health & Services’ Senior and Community Services. Reservations are required for the Silver Bells Luncheon and the O’ Christmas Trees Gala Dinner & Auction and may be made by calling 206-938-2788.

Providence Health & Services has provided healthcare, housing and supportive care services for people in the Puget Sound area for 158 years. Money raised from this event provides programs and services serving those who are elderly or disabled, disenfranchised, or facing end of life. They are served by Providence ElderPlace, Providence Heritage House at the Market, Providence Hospice of Seattle, Providence Infusion and Pharmacy Services, Providence Supportive Housing, Providence Marianwood, and Providence Mount St. Vincent - all of which are available to residents of King County.

This year’s event lineup includes:

On Sunday, Nov. 30, from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., media representatives are invited to Designer Day---Come to The Westin Seattle to watch veteran local tree designers transform 7-foot fir trees into works of art. Each unique tree design takes months to plan and involves elaborate materials and a complex decorating process. Those who are unable to attend Designer Day will have additional opportunities for coverage during the Christmas Carnival, the Silver Bells Luncheon, and the Gala Dinner and Auction.

On Monday, Dec. 1, from 12 noon to 8 p.m., the public is invited to the free Christmas Carnival -- Enjoy this free family event with live entertainment, craft projects and photos with Santa while strolling through a forest of uniquely designed trees that will be auctioned off at the O’Christmas Trees Gala Dinner & Auction.

On Tuesday, Dec. 2, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., guests with advanced reservations will gather for The Silver Bells Luncheon -- Enjoy lunch in a glade brimming with dazzling holiday trees. This lunch hour event features a fashion show by local Seattle designers and a visit from Santa in a room decorated with the brilliant work of tree designers and their shimmering 7-foot firs each with its own distinctive theme. Advance reservations are required; the cost is $60 per person. Call 206-938-1998 or reserve online at www.providenceochristmastrees.org.

On Wednesday, Dec. 3, at 5 p.m., guests with advance reservations will gather for the O’ Christmas Trees Gala Dinner & Auction in The Westin’s Grand Ballroom for an elegant and stunning evening that is Seattle’s premier holiday gala of giving and generosity. Capture the magic of the season as you dine among the sparkling lights of professionally designed Christmas trees. The gala evening draws hundreds of business and community leaders, their families and friends. This year's gala will serve the first 725 guests to register. Advance reservations of $330 per person required. Call 206-938-2788 or reserve online at www.providenceochristmastrees.org. Press passes are available for working journalists.