UCSF to Host Kick-off Event for Macy's Tree Lighting with Barry Bonds

October 02, 2008
News Office: Kate Schoen (415) 502-6397


Kick-off event for the 19th annual Macy's Christmas Tree Lighting benefiting UCSF Children's Hospital. The celebration will feature a visit from Honorary Chair Barry Bonds, as well as face painting, refreshments and elves to entertain young patients. Great photo, audio and video opportunities.


Tuesday, Oct. 7, 11:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.


Cole Hall Auditorium, UCSF Medical Sciences Building, 513 Parnassus Avenue (nearest cross street is 3rd Avenue), San Francisco


Barry Bonds, Honorary Chair
Mark Laret, CEO, UCSF Medical Center
Roxanne Fernandes, Executive Director, UCSF Children's Hospital
Patients and staff of UCSF Children's Hospital


Macy's partners with UCSF each year to raise funds for the UCSF Children's Hospital palliative care program -- Compass Care -- which supports families whose children have life-threatening illnesses. Over the last five years, nearly $700,000 has been raised by selling lights to adorn Macy's 80-foot-tall tree. The official tree lighting ceremony will take place Friday, Nov. 28, the day after Thanksgiving, at 6 p.m. in Union Square.

Lights cost $5 each, and the sponsor has the choice of a flashing star pin or gourmet chocolate bar.

Lights may be purchased:

  • From UCSF Medical Center managers and staff
  • At the UCSF Medical Center cafeteria and gift shop
  • By calling (415) 353-4172
  • Via the UCSF Medical Center Web site at http://www.ucsfhealth.org/tree.

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