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Celebrate at Festival of Trees

Fundraiser: Boys & Girls Club of SCV event names winning entries

Posted: November 17, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: November 17, 2011 1:55 a.m.

Savannah Laney, 3, points out her favorite gingerbread house.

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The spirit of the season fills the cavernous warehouse space on The Patios at Westfield Town Center.

The ninth annual Festival of Trees is a celebration of the holidays and a signature fundraiser for the Boys & Girls Club of Santa Clarita Valley.

“We want everyone to come out and celebrate the holidays with us,” said Gary Condie, president of the Boys & Girls Club Foundation.

Condie and his wife, Myrna Condie, brought the concept of Festival of Trees to the Club after seeing it done in Utah.

The event kicked off with a VIP Preview on Friday night, followed by Saturday’s Jingle Jam adult nightclub.

The Festival of Trees has been open daily to the public. It continues today 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Sunday noon to 7 p.m.; Nov. 21-22 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Nov. 23 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. for item pickup.

A family magic show will be held out 6:30 p.m. Friday. Tickets are $10 each and available at the door.

More than 40 elaborately decorated trees will be sold in a live auction Saturday at the Magic of the Lights Gala.

Tabletop trees and gingerbread houses, as well as a selection of full-size trees are available in a silent auction that closes Sunday.

Stockings and wreaths are available for immediate sale.

Winners of the decorating contest were:

Grand Sweepstakes: “Pure Magic” from Six Flags Magic Mountain and Hurricane Harbor, designed by Donna Bendell.

Eight-foot trees: First place: “Enchanted,” from Richard and Marian Sandnes designed by Ruben Haynes; second place, “Hallelujah from Passport Kids,” Three Friends Forever, designed by Nora Ottaviano; third place “Old World Elegance,” from Harold and Jacqueline Petersen, designed by Ruben Haynes.

Seven and a half-foot trees: First place “Helping Hands,” from Passport Kids, Three Friends Forever, designed by Nora Ottaviano; second place “Just Elfing Around,” from Vance Wealth Management, designed by Ronda Chobanian; third place “Sweet Sensations,” from Inside SCV, designed by Ruben Haynes.

Best Table: “Giving Thanks,” from Condie and Woods CPAs, designed by Ruben Haynes.

Most Artistic Tree: The Proposal, from Sharon Forbes Photography, designed by Tonde Razooly.

Tickets to the public viewing of Festival of the Trees at Westfield Valencia Town Center, The Patios, is $6 for ages 15 and older; $3 ages 4 to 14; ages 3 and younger free. Seniors, ages 65 and older, $4. For more information and tickets to the Magic of the Lights Gala visit


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