Former Mayor Willie Brown and SF Fire Chief Joanne Hayes-White to host UCSF tree lighting event

By Phyllis Brown

WHAT: Kick-off event for the 17th Annual Macy’s 2006 Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony benefiting UCSF Children’s Hospital.

WHEN: Friday, October 6, 1:30 PM to 2 PM

WHERE: UCSF Medical Center
Moffitt Café, Second Floor
505 Parnassus Ave.
San Francisco, CA

WHO: Willie Brown, Honorary Chair
San Francisco Fire Department Chief Joanne Hayes-White
Mark Laret, CEO, UCSF Medical Center
Roxanne Fernandes, Executive Director, UCSF Children’s Hospital
UCSF Children’s Hospital patients and staff


Media interested in covering the kick-off event or arranging interviews should contact the UCSF News Office at (415) 476-2557.

Each year, Macy’s in Union Square partners with UCSF Children’s Hospital to help raise funds for patients and programs through the sale of the lights that adorn the 80-foot-tall fir tree. The sale of the lights is the traditional kick off to the downtown holiday shopping season.

The actual tree-lighting ceremony will begin at 6 p.m. Friday, November 24, the day after Thanksgiving, in Union Square.

Purchasing a light for the Macy’s tree supports the efforts of committed health care professionals at UCSF Children’s Hospital. Last year, over $200,000 went directly to the hospital’s palliative care program, which supports families with children with life-threatening and terminal illnesses.

Each light costs $10.  Tickets to sponsor the lights are accompanied by a souvenir tree lighting lapel pin. The kick off event will feature complimentary food, fun, and festivities.

Tickets (and lights) may be purchased:

• From UCSF Medical Center managers and staff

• In the UCSF Medical Center cafeteria October 2nd through 6th throughout the day

• By calling (888) 689-UCSF

• Via the UCSF Medical Center Web site at Tree

• In Union Square the day of the tree lighting

One of the nation’s top children’s hospitals, UCSF Children’s Hospital creates an environment where children and their families find compassionate care at the healing edge of scientific discovery, with more than 150 experts in 50 medical specialties serving patients throughout Northern California and beyond.

UCSF is a leading university that consistently defines health care worldwide by conducting advanced biomedical research, educating health professionals and graduate students in the life sciences, and providing complex patient care.