HOUSTON-This holiday season, join the merriment with the Houston Museum of Natural Science at Sugar Land's 2nd annual fundraiser, Jingle Tree . Again, you can give, OWN and be merry when you bid on dazzling, pre-decorated trees in an auction amongst festive company. The special event features a showcase of beautifully decorated trees that are up for bidding in a six day-long silent and live auction. The trees are sponsored and decorated by Fort Bend designers, museum supporters, local celebrities and artistic visionaries. The festive events take place from November 14 - 19.
"The event was a great success in 2014 - its first year," says Adrienne Barker, director and chief development officer of HMNS at Sugar Land. "Jingle Tree is a festive way to benefit HMNS' mission of science education and help us provide science enrichment to local underserved populations. Whether through a classroom experience during a field trip, a Science-on-a-Sphere presentation with dedicated volunteers, or through a hands-on demo featuring fossils and minerals, area visitors learn that science is fun at HMNS Sugar Land."
This year, the event begins during Cookies with Santa, Saturday, November 14. It is the first chance for families to view the trees and catch Santa during an early holiday visit to Sugar Land. Don't forget to bring a camera to snap some candids. Then, it's on to the Sip n See , Tuesday, November 17, from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm. This open house and strolling lunch event allows guests to see the trees up close and perhaps even "pre-purchase" a particular tree one may be fond of while enjoying light fare. Finally, the festivities wrap up with a Happy Hour, Thursday,November 19, an evening filled with cocktails, tree viewing, on-line bidding and a fabulous live auction. All bids close that evening at 8:00 p.m.
The Jingle Tree event co-chairs are Jana Baumann and Laura Thompson. The host committee includes: Beth Butler, Dorine Craig, Cindy Dempster Laura Gallier, Pat Houck, Syndee Howgate, Judy Maddison, Caron Marble, Crissy Nolen, Cee Cee Parker, Wanda Sdao, Ashley Van Hoozer, Linda Webb and Geraldine Whitt.
For tickets or more information on Jingle Tree festivities, visit www.hmns.org/sugarland or call (281) 313-2277.
The Houston Museum of Natural Science-one of the nation's most heavily attended museums-is a centerpiece of the Houston Museum District. With four floors of permanent exhibit halls, and the Wortham Giant Screen Theatre, Cockrell Butterfly Center, Burke Baker Planetarium and George Observatory and as host to world-class and ever-changing touring exhibitions, the Museum has something to delight every age group. With such diverse and extraordinary offerings, a trip to the Houston Museum of Natural Science, located at 5555 Hermann Park Drive in the heart of the Museum District, is always an adventure.