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Festival of Trees benefits medical center

Celebrities and designers will decorate holiday trees and wreathes

to be auctioned at the third annual International Festival of Trees

Black and White Ball Nov. 22 at the Sheraton Universal Hotel.


The gala is hosted by the foundations of Providence St. Joseph

Medical Center, Providence Holy Cross Medical Center and the Sisters

of Providence. It will benefit cardiac services at both medical



The black-tie event will also feature a dinner, dancing, silent

and live auctions, and opportunity drawings.

Sam Rubin, KTLA-TV Channel 5 entertainment editor, will be master

of ceremonies. Honorary committee members include Debbie Reynolds,

Kelsey Grammer and Betty White. Stephen Collins of the TV series “7th

Heaven” and actress Faye Grant are celebrity hosts and honorary

committee chairmen.

The decorated trees and wreaths will represent the holiday themes


of Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa. Several are being decorated by

celebrities and designers from such popular TV series as “Friends,”

“Will & Grace,” and “Charmed.”

Tickets are $350. For more information, call 847-4673.

Salvation Army sponsors Angel Tree

The Salvation Army, Burbank Corps, is seeking volunteer angels to

sign up for the Angel Tree program.

A Christmas tree will be placed in the Media City Shopping Center


on the third floor by Mervyns, starting Nov. 28.

Two volunteers will be assigned to assist at the tree for two-hour

shifts from 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Cardboard angel tags with the first

name, age, size and Christmas wish of the child are hung on the tree.

A gift is purchased and returned to the tree location, unwrapped, to

be given to the proper child when Christmas boxes are distributed to

the family during Christmas week.

More than 1,500 children and their families had a merrier

Christmas last year through the efforts of local volunteers and the

generosity of the community.

Volunteers are also needed for packing and sorting toys and food

and for the Red Kettle program.

To volunteer or to contribute financially, call the Salvation Army

Corps office at 845-7214.

Compiled by Joyce Rudolph