Festival of Treets
Nov. 1-Dec. 20
"Festival of Treets" offers decadent goodies ready to gift or enjoy for yourself. The Holiday Special and Classic Dough Buckets contain 3 dozen frozen cookie dough balls ready to pop into the oven.
Order by email: email@example.com.
Pick-up is available in Vacaville at the Opportunity House Shelter, 267 Bennett Hill Court, and in Fairfield at the new Opportunity House Thrift Store, 1819 N. Texas Street. Or enjoy free delivery in Vacaville. http://bit.ly/OHouseCookies
The 30th annual Vacaville Festival of Trees takes on a new look this year, as the Christmas tree auction moves online.
The premier fundraiser for Opportunity House, Vacaville's homeless shelter, Virtual Festival of Trees features more than two dozen large and small, fully decorated Christmas trees available for purchase to the highest bidder.
COVID-19 has disrupted many of the Festival's popular traditions - including having everything under one roof. Instead, this year's trees are being displayed in windows and storefronts around Vacaville, while the auction itself is being conducted online via ClickBid, a mobile bidding software service that allows bidders to access the virtual Festival with any device they can get online with: phone, tablet, desktop computer or smart TV. The auction site includes photos of the trees.
Opportunity House's Cookies for a Cause is filling the hole left by the absence of the traditional Festival bake sale. Through Dec. 31, 2020, Cookies for a Cause will offer a "Festival of Treets" special -- ready-to-eat goodies that are suitable for gift-giving -- as well as sell ready-to-bake, frozen balls of cookie dough in special holiday flavors. To place an order, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit http://bit.ly/OHouseCookies.
The annual Festival of Trees Raffle will take place Dec. 1-3 at the Opportunity House Thrift Store, 107 Peabody Road, Vacaville. From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Festival supporters can view items, purchase tickets and enter the drawings.
The Festival's traditional crafts sales, Santa photos and live entertainment are on hiatus this year.
In some ways, this downsized 2020 Festival of Trees reflects a return to roots. The very first Festival was held in a Main Street storefront and featured 35 trees. It raised $8,800 for the then-new homeless shelter. In the three decades since its inception, the volunteer-run Festival has raised nearly $2.5 million for the homeless shelter.
This year, the shelter needs more support than ever. Restrictions instituted after the pandemic arrived in mid-March forced Opportunity House to temporarily close its Vacaville thrift store, typically an ongoing source of revenue, and cancel or scale back other fundraisers. Meanwhile, the shelter has continued to serve 30 to 40 adults and children each day, providing them a place to live, meals, and programs designed to get them back on their feet.
For many, Vacaville Festival of Trees has come to signal the start of the holiday season, providing a taste of Christmas magic as well as a tangible way to support a program that offers people a real opportunity to put their lives on track.
To join in the Virtual Vacaville Festival of Trees auction or to view the trees online, visit https://ohousefot.cbo.io. Watch for pop-up tree displays by following Festival on Facebook at http://bit.ly/VacaFest and Twitter@VacavilleFoT. And to donate directly to Opportunity House, visit https://cbo.io/d/donate.php?slug=ohousefot
Please thank and support our Vacaville Virtual Festival of Trees sponsors:
A complete list of trees available in the auction is here: Festival Auction
Opportunity House is a full-service homeless shelter operated by the nonprofit Vacaville Solano Services Corp.
Since opening more than three decades ago, Opportunity House has helped thousands of individuals and families achieve the goal of self-sufficiency by providing a safe and sober living environment and an "umbrella" of support, including transitional and alternative housing, mentorships and counseling programs.
Its funding comes from the community, through fund-raisers such as the Vacaville Festival of Trees, sales at the Opportunity House thrift stores its operates in Vacaville and Fairfield, and from direct donations, which can be made here: https://cbo.io/d/donate.php?slug=ohousefot
For more information about Opportunity House, visit: https://opportunityhouse.us/.