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555 California in San Francisco Announces Talent & Special Guests for 2013 Tree Lighting on December 3

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Multi-platinum pop sensation Carly Rae Jepsen, Honorary Chairs, Karen & Ronnie Lott and Current 49ers Marcus Lattimore & Alex Boone to Light Holiday Tree at 555 California 

5:00pm on December 3rd at 555 California

GRAMMY nominated singer/songwriter Carly Rae Jepsen, Honorary Chairs Karen & Ronnie Lott (former 49er & NFL Legend) and current 49ers Marcus Lattimore & Alex Boone will light the holiday tree at 555 California Street on Tuesday, December 3.  Festivities commence at 5:00pm and are free and open to the public. 

The 7th annual tree lighting is hosted by Vornado Realty Trust, a New York-based real estate investment trust (REIT) and one of the largest owners of commercial properties in the United States.

“This incredible holiday event marks the beginning of the season for the community of the city of San Francisco.  UCSF Medical Center and UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital is the proud beneficiary of this wonderful evening that brings so much joy to children and their families," said Mark R. Laret, chief executive officer, UCSF Medical Center and UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital.

The event will feature a musical performance from multi-platinum, GRAMMY nominated recording artist Carly Rae Jepsen.  The ceremony also includes family holiday entertainment from the Dick Bright Orchestra and the Pacific Boys Choir.

The annual 555 California Street tree lighting is a tradition that was reinstated by Vornado Realty Trust in 2007, when it acquired the iconic building.  Last year, the event featured Hall of Famers Joe Montana and Dwight Clark formerly of the 49ers and three-time Grammy Award Winner, American Music Award and MTV Music Award nominee Robin Thicke.  Other previous guests include Natasha Beddingfield, Pia Toscano, current San Francisco 49er’s stars Patrick Willis and Vernon Davis and Hall of Famer and legend Jerry Rice.

As one of San Francisco’s largest family holiday events, 555 California will once again feature one of the tallest trees in the region throughout the holiday season.  This year’s white fir tree is over 80’ and comes from Mt. Shasta, California.  Installation of the tree is planned for November 23. 

Additional Sponsors and Media Partners include Bay Area AirstreamOdette Estate WineryAustin CocktailsBiagi BrothersElaine Bell CateringThe Fairmont HotelUber, 7x7 MagazineMina GroupKCBS/ALICE radio and KRON-4.

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About UCSF Medical Center: UCSF Medical Center consistently ranks as one of the top hospitals in the United States. Recognized for innovative treatments, advanced technology, collaboration among health care professionals and scientists, and a highly compassionate patient care team, UCSF Medical Center serves as the academic medical center of the University of California, San Francisco. The medical center's nationally preeminent programs include children's health, the brain and nervous system, organ transplantation, women's health and cancer.

Follow UCSF Medical Center on www.facebook.com/UCSFMedicalCenter and on Twitter @UCSFHospitals.

About UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital: UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital creates an environment where children and their families find compassionate care at the forefront of scientific discovery, with more than 150 experts in 50 medical specialties serving patients throughout Northern California and beyond. The hospital admits about 5,000 children each year, including 2,000 babies born in the hospital. For more information, visit www.ucsfbenioffchildrens.org.

Follow UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital on www.facebook.com/UCSFBenioffChildrens and on Twitter @UCSFChildrens

About Bay Area Airstream: At Bay Area Airstream Adventures our vision is to provide you the inspiration and freedom to explore new lands, rekindle old adventures and discover new friendships without boundaries.   As the Nation's largest exclusive full line Airstream Authorized Dealer you will receive only the best when it comes to sales and service. We proudly sponsor UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital to assist in bringing smiles and memories to children during the holidays and all year long. We invite you to participate by joining us in support of UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital and come be part of the Adventure!

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