• Thanks to our donors, decorators, visitors, buyers, volunteers and sponsors, the 26th Annual Vacaville Festival of Trees raised at least $140,000 for Opportunity House, Vacaville's homeless shelter. The 2016 sponsors included Envoy Mortgage, Kaiser Permanente, McGuire Consulting, Sunrise Rotary Club, WestAmerica Bank, Dr. Dave and Ronni Aronson, Reynolds Law, Pacific Ace Hardware and NorthBay Neonatology.
• More than $56,000 came just from the Festival's sale and auction of fully decorated Christmas trees.
• Large trees brought in $45,907, and the top bid was $4,000 for "I'll Be Home For Christmas," sponsored and decorated by members of Orchard Avenue Baptist Church.
• Mini Trees brought in $10,179. Four trees tied for top bid, at $500 each: "March of the Wooden Soldier," by Val, Hendy and Kathy; "Puppy Play," sponsored by Intero Real Estate and decorated by the Fry Team; "Christmas Traditions," by Mariani Packing Co.; and "Boudin Sourdough," sponsored by Boudin Bakery and decorated by Lacey Berry and Greg Tanner.
• Approximately $48,000 was raised during the Festival Gala, held on the eve of the three-day event.
• Sales of Crafts, Baked Goods, Santa Photos and raffle tickets brought came to $29,500.
• The funds raised will help Opportunity House serve homeless families and single women in Vacaville for another year.
Santa is available to hear wishes and take photos from 3 to 8:30 p.m. daily. Pictures cost $7 for a 4-by-6-inch print, $5 for an email version, or $10 for both. Great for Christmas cards!
If you purchased an electronic copy of your photo with Santa and have not received it by Dec. 9, please email VacavilleFOTSanta@gmail.com.
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