The Alley Theatre lobby glows with the lights from 22 holiday trees. (Photo by Priscilla Dickson)
Bill & Courtney Toomey, Butch Mach (Photo by Priscilla Dickson)
Ava Clark and Claire Garland pull the giant switch that lights the holiday forest. (Photo by Priscilla Dickson)
The 'Nutcracker Magic' tree by Macy's, sponsored by event chair Valerie Jalufka. (Photo by Priscilla Dickson)
Eliza James, Savannah James, Helen Dupree, Cathy & Jesse Marion (Photo by Priscilla Dickson)
Rico & Frannie Valencia (Photo by Priscilla Dickson)
Jill Hahn, Luch Hahn, Valerie Jalufka (Photo by Priscilla Dickson)
The Neiman Marcus tree celebrating the store's 50th anniversary, sponsored by Angela and Craig Jarchow. (Photo by Priscilla Dickson)
The Signature Tree designed by For All Occasions, sponsored by Occidental Petroleum. (Photo by Priscilla Dickson)
Sarah Morgan, Rob Melrose, Oscar Brown, Murphy Brown (Photo by Priscilla Dickson)
'Santa's Workshop' designed by For All Occasions, sponsored by Occidental Petroleum (Photo by Priscilla Dickson)
Steve & Christina Morse, Angela & Craig Jarchow (Photo by Priscilla Dickson)
Taylor DeMartino, Kore Sitton (Photo by Priscilla Dickson)
The magical switch that turned on the tree lights a the Alley Theatre's Deck the Trees. (Photo by Priscilla Dickson)
In the event that Alley Theatre supporters were not yet in full Santa mindset, those joining the party for the 13th annual Deck the Trees fundraiser could not help but be swept up in the spirit of the season, even before Thanksgiving, which as we all know is so, so late this year. Before or after turkey day, the annual tree lighting reception is a delightful treacly happening that charms both children and adults.
More than 300 sponsors and designers attended the private gathering which kicked off the Alley’s holiday production of A Christmas Carol – A Ghost Story of Christmas. They gathered in festive holiday attire for the festivities that featured 22 Christmas trees and eight wreaths, each created by some of the city’s leading design teams.
Among those contributing their creative talents were Neiman Marcus, Macy’s, Rainey Richardson Designs, Bering’s, Always In Season, Monoco Interiors and Holli Day Decors. Through sponsorships of the trees, ranging from $2,500 to $50,000, Alley coffers were enriched by more than $250,000.
Tammie Jacobe of For All Occasions was recognized as this year’s signature tree designer, who created a 25-foot winter wonderland inspired tree with an authentic St. Nick’s Village and Santa’s workshop. Occidental Petroleum was sponsor of the signature tree.
Alley artistic director Rob Melrose and Deck the Trees chair Valerie Jalufka welcomed the merry throng, which was wined and dined cocktail party style by A Fare Extraordinaire. Further setting the stage for holiday merriment was the a capella group Houston Harmonics, which entertained with classic holiday tunes.
The big moment occurred when Alley board president Butch Mach launched the countdown, which the crowd joined in on. The oversized switch was pulled by Ava Clark and Claire Garland. With the trees lighted, the oohs and aahs filled the Alley foyer.
PC Seen: Cathy and Jesse Marion, Carmen Mach, Pat and Roger Medors, Angela and Craig Jarchow, Donna Dorrell, Chalene and John O’Shea, Tammie Jacobe, Elizabeth Smith, Deborah and Rick Bott, Nancy Martin, and Stephen Kass.