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

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

WHAT:

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.

WHEN:

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

WHERE:

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

WHO:

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

BACKGROUND INFORMATION:

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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