Courtesy of Mary Bridge Children's

Join Mary Bridge Children’s for the kickoff of its 34th annual Festival of Trees fundraiser by bidding in its 2021 silent auction, which is open online now through Dec. 4 for ticketholders. 

It’s a Wonderful Life-themed festivities start with a virtual tree lighting on Nov. 28 at 5 p.m. (Watch it on Facebook.) Letters for Santa can be left at the tree site all through December at 316 Martin Luther King, Jr., Way, Tacoma.

This will be followed by a digital gala event and holiday tree auction on Dec. 4 at 6:30 p.m. Participants can choose from 17 bedecked holiday trees, decorated by volunteers, staff, and multiple generations of families, some of whom have been participating for more than 20 years. 

Along with a silent auction of mini trees and wreaths, revelers also can enjoy an exclusive after-party concert featuring Jamie O’Neal, Craig Campbell, Lindsay Ell, Andrea Pearson, and Grammy-winner Bryan White.

Additional ways to support Mary Bridge include shopping for holiday gifts and décor or joining in on a holiday tree scavenger hunt with several challenges for families to complete around the area. Registration opens Nov. 29. To participate, download the Eventzee App.

“Festival of Trees is the most joyful holiday celebration at Mary Bridge Children’s,” said Alicia Chapman, executive director of the Mary Bridge Children’s Foundation, in a release. “It is our largest fundraiser for the hospital and over the past 34 years has raised more than $38 million. We’ve made the difficult decision to go virtual again this year, but are thrilled to share this magical season with the community, and appreciate their support that helps us provide the best medical care and services to children in the South Sound and throughout the Pacific Northwest.”

Find tickets for the Mary Bridge Children’s Festival of Trees Gala and Auction here.

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