Hospice Foundation for the Central Coast Hospice Trees of Life

20 Ragsdale Drive, Suite 260 P.O. Box 1798
Monterey, CA 93942-1798 (831) 333-9023 Fax: 373-4124
E-mail: jbennett@hffcc.org Home: www.hffcc.org
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Trees of Life from the Hospice Foundation

The warmth and spirit of the holiday season is ushered in each year on the Central Coast with the annual Hospice Foundation Trees of Life holiday celebrations. Each December, 30- to 40-foot "trees" made of hundreds of white lights, each dedicated in someone's name, are placed on the rooftops of the Monterey Marriott, San Benito Bank in Hollister and the National Steinbeck Center in downtown Salinas. In 2004, for the first time, Hospice Foundation will light a Tree of Life in King City, atop Community Bank of Central California, 532 Broadway.

The ceremonies kick off in King City on Sunday, Dec. 12 at 5:30 p.m. inside the bank, with participants moving outside to watch the tree light atop the building. Then on Tuesday, Dec. 14, Monterey takes center stage for the second tree lighting ceremony at the Monterey Conference Center at 6 p.m. The tree will light atop the Monterey Marriott across the Street. Then on Wednesday, Dec. 15 at 6 p.m. the ceremony will be held at the National Steinbeck Center in Salinas, and finally on Thursday, December 16 at 5:30 p.m. at San Benito Bank in Hollister, San Benito County.

Each light represents a minimum $20 donation to the Hospice Foundation. When lit at night, the trees are beacons of strong community support for hospice and other compassionate care and services for those at the end-of-life and their families.

After your gift is received, a card is sent to the person you are remembering or honoring with a light, or to his or her family. Your name and the person(s) for whom you have dedicated a light are entered in a beautiful, leather-bound Memory Book. The Memory Books will remain on display during the ceremonies and afterward in the foyers of Community Bank, the Marriott, National Steinbeck Center and San Benito Bank throughout the holidays.

An Annual Holiday Collectible for You and Your Family

Donors who make gifts of $125 or more will receive a beautiful crystal ornament etched with the Hospice Foundation's nautilus shell logo and the year 2004. If you wish, you can also dedicate seven lights!

The shape of the ornament changes each year so that families have a memorable holiday collectible.

For a donation of $150 you can personalize your ornament with the name of someone also etched on it.

Please call us at (831) 333-9023 or email us for more information.

Honor or remember a loved one or friend this holiday season by dedicating a light on the Hospice Trees of Life and support comfort and care for someone at the end of life. Please fill in our on-line form to place your order, or call us at (831) 333-9023.

Trees of Life raises approximately $90,000 each year. Every dollar becomes part of the grants the Hospice Foundation gives each year to non-profit organizations in Monterey and San Benito counties (Central Coast area of California) that provide these specialized services. No portion of the funds are retained to operate the foundation. In 2004, the Hospice Foundation gave grants to nine organizations totaling $1.5 million. For information about the year 2004 grant recipients, please click here.

Sponsors for Trees of Life are: Monterey Marriott Hotel and the Monterey Conference Center, San Benito Bank, National Steinbeck Center, Community Bank of Central California, KWAV 97 FM, KIDD Magic 63, KION-TV 46, Monterey County Herald, The FreeLance, South County Newspapers, and the Alderwoods Group. If you or your company is interested in a Trees of Life sponsorship, please E-mail us at
jbennett@hffcc.org or call (831) 333-9023.

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