Tree Lighting Celebration

Tree Lighting Celebration

The 36th Annual Adopt-A-Family Virtual Tree Lighting Celebration


2020 Tree Lighting Save the Date

Event Details

Adopt-A-Family’s 36th Annual Virtual Tree Lighting Celebration will be “kicking off the season” on Tuesday, December 1, 2020. All proceeds will benefit Adopt-A-Family’s programs for homeless, low-income, and at-risk Palm Beach County families.

Beth Hennessy and Nancy Kalaher will be serving as co-chairs of the event. Adopt-A-Family is grateful for their leadership and tireless support, and for the Tree Lighting Committee’s continued dedication.

For me information, please contact Layren Calvo at (561) 253-1361 X1120 or

2019 Tree Lighting Reflections:  

On December 3, 2019, we commemorated our 35th Annual Tree Lighting Celebration and raised more than $600,000 to help local families in need. The event was chaired by longtime supporters Brenda McGarrity and Jen Dudnyk, featured over 350 top-tier auction items, and had more than 200 guests in attendance. 

The night was filled with holiday cheer and gratitude for those who have supported Adopt-A-Family throughout the year. Our guests were serenaded by the 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, our event co-chair, Brenda McGarrity, and a moving testimony from a father of four whose family was saved from homelessness. While our guests enjoyed an exquisite gourmet dinner, our auctioneer Neil Saffer conducted an exciting Live Auction that included a spectacular orchid arrangement, a handmade wreath personalized to Adopt-A-Family, tickets to Celine Dion, a VIP backcountry tour through Corkscrew Swamp, a two-night stay at a Montage Resort, and a seven-day trip to Barcelona. The crowd also witnessed a good-natured bidding war in pursuit of a one-of-a-kind football, specially autographed to Adopt-A-Family by New England Patriots Coach Bill Belichick.

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 36th Annual Tree Lighting Celebration will take place on December 1, 2020. We hope to see you there!