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Tree Lighting Celebration

Tree Lighting Celebration

Event Details

Now in its 34th year, Tree Lighting has established itself as one of the most successful single-night fundraising events in Palm Beach. The event is held each year at the esteemed Sailfish Club of Florida.

Guests are serenaded with holiday songs as they arrive for the evening cocktail reception and silent auction featuring one of the area’s largest selections of live orchids and holiday gifts. A gourmet dinner and live auction follow.

2017 Tree Lighting Reflections: 

On December 5, 2017, we commemorated our 33rd Annual Tree Lighting Celebration event at the Sailfish Club of Florida in Palm Beach. The event was chaired by Miss Beth Hennessy and co-chaired by Mrs. Brenda McGarrity, and it raised more than $600,000 to help local families in need.

It was a beautiful evening in which we honored the life and work of our long-time supporter and friend, Mrs. Ruth S. Hennessy. Our guests were serenaded by the incredibly talented King’s Academy choir as they arrived for the evening’s cocktail reception and silent auction. The program included remarks by our CEO, Matt Constantine, a beautiful life tribute to Mrs. Ruth S. Hennessy by her lifetime friend and co-committee member Mrs. Alice M. Tarone, and a powerful success story that brought the entire room to their feet.

While our guests enjoyed an exquisite gourmet dinner, our new auctioneer Neil Saffer conducted an exciting Live Auction that included an African Safari, a private dinner by a renowned Palm Beach Chef, a house in St. Michaels, Paella Parties, paddleboards, and Katy Perry Concert tickets.

This event would not be possible without the hard work of our dedicated Tree Lighting committee members, our sponsors, our vendors, and everyone that in one way or another contributed to its success. A big thank you to all our supporters.

The 34th Annual Tree Lighting Celebration will take place on December 4, 2018. We hope to see you there!