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Magic of the Lights at Festival

Gala: Annual auction of decorated trees benefits Boys & Girls Club

Posted: November 24, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: November 24, 2011 1:55 a.m.

The Young Americans perform at the Magic of the Lights Gala held Saturday at the Festival of Trees location at Westfield Valencia Town Center.

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Nearly 400 guests enjoyed rousing holiday entertainment courtesy of The Young Americans, hors d’oeuvres and desserts from Salt Creek Grille Catering and the ambiance of more than  100 decorated full-size and tabletop trees at the ninth annual Magic of the Lights Gala.

The event, to benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Santa Clarita Valley, was held Saturday evening at the Festival of Trees location on The Patios at Westfield Valencia Town Center.

Emcee for the evening was Chris Schauble, co-anchor of the KTLA Morning News on channel 5.

“I am honored to be part of this event” said Schauble. “Anything I can do to help them raise money is a thrill for me.
Serving the Boys & Girls Club of SCV is an amazing experience.”

Schauble said he knows the club “makes a difference in children’s lives.”

Mark Drilling, of Stokes Auction Group, served as auctioneer during the live auction.

The elaborately decorated trees were offered in a variety of designs, many also came with an assortment of gifts.

“The Firetruck Ride” tree sponsored by KHTS AM 1220 included a three-hour tour of the holiday lights of the SCV aboard the KHTS firetruck.

“Pure Magic,” the spectacular tree and display offered by Six Flags Magic Mountain and Hurricane Harbor, included season passes for four to the parks, candy from the Six Flags Candy Kitchens, two electric guitars and assorted Six Flags souvenirs. The tree was designed by Donna Bendell and included a decorative “skating rink” with Bugs Bunny on ice.

Other trees included tickets to sporting events, golf, jewelry and furniture.

In addition to the live auction, a silent auction of full-size trees, tabletop trees and gingerbread houses ended on Sunday.

The event attracted philanthropic supporters from throughout the SCV including Congressman Howard “Buck” McKeon, R-Santa Clarita.

“The Boys & Girls Club does a fantastic job,” said McKeon. “Gary and Myrna Condie brought this event to the club and look how its grown. This is a fantastic event.”

McKeon said the event was “a great way to kick off the holiday season.”

Jim Ventress, chief executive officer of the Boys & Girls Club of SCV, said he was grateful for the volunteer and business support for the festival.

“Look around, this is volunteers and businesses coming together to support the club,” he said. “If you’re not in the holiday spirit by the time you leave here...”

Event co-chairs were Todd and Karen Stevens with presenting sponsors Richard and Marian Sandnes, Jacqulyn and Harold Petersen, and Altria Sales and Distribution.

The Boys & Girls Club of SCV serves more than 2,500 children in the SCV at facilities located in Newhall and Canyon Country.

The club offers after school programs for children ages 7-18 in the SCV.

For more information about the Boys & Girls of SCV visit


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