Vacaville Festival of Trees is the premier fundraiser for Opportunity House, Vacaville's homeless shelter, raising more than $1.8 million since its inception in 1991.
The three-day festival, which kicks off with a Gala Dinner the Monday after Thanksgiving, magically transforms the Vacaville Skating Center on Davis Street into a glowing gallery filled with 50 exquisitely decorated, full-size Christmas trees, plus another 50 table-top mini-trees - all for sale to the highest bidder.
The holiday showcase also features a bazaar of finely crafted gifts and homemade baked goods; regular visits and photo opportunities with Santa and Mrs. Claus; and entertainment by talented musicians, choral groups and performers. Hundreds of volunteers give their time and talent to the Festival, which draws thousands of visitors.For many, Vacaville Festival of Trees signals the start of their holiday season, providing a taste of Christmas magic as well as a tangible way to support a program that offers the
homeless a real opportunity to put their lives back on track.
Please support Opportunity House by supporting Vacaville Festival of Trees. The full-service homeless shelter is entirely supported by community donations.
Since it's inception Opportunity House has helped thousands achieve the goal of self-sufficiency. It has exceeded capacity, and the diversity of needs has continued to grow with the population it serves.
The "umbrella" of services Opportunity House hopes to expand includes more transitional and alternative housing, more supportive services, a mentoring program and volunteer program. Opportunity House also serves as a homeless assistance center, providing an essential gateway to services offered throughout our community.
Please take time and thank our Vacaville Festival of Trees sponsors. Without our sponsors, especially the tree sponsors, there would be no Festival of Trees.
Dr. Dave and Ronni Aronson
• Thanks to our donors, decorators, visitors, buyers, volunteers and sponsors such as Kaiser Permanente, last year's 25th Annual Vacaville Festival of Trees raised $100,000 for Opportunity House.
• More than $42,000 came just from the sale and auction of fully decorated Christmas trees. Orchard Avenue Baptist Church's "Christmas for Mommy & Me" tree won a People's Choice Award and received the Festival's highest bid at $3,000.
• Five special trees were created specifically for auction at the Gala, held the night before Festival opened. "The Elegant Peacock," sponsored by Janssen and decorated by its employees, received the top bid of $3,900.
• Among the many table-top Mini Trees, "Owl I Want for Christmas," sponsored by Thornton and Sons Jewelers and decorated by Fernando Del Rio Jr., was also a People's Choice winner.
• The top bid for a Mini Tree was $500 and two trees were sold for that amount: "NutCracker Tales," created and sponsored by Troy and Evette Nichols and family, and "It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year!" created by Realtor Amy Page and Jessica Page.
• Sales of Crafts, Baked Goods, Santa Photos, Gala Prizes and tickets, and direct donations helped to ensure that Opportunity House will be able to serve homeless families in Vacaville for another year.