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Have you ever wondered what's under the giant white tent at Torrance Memorial Medical Center that goes up every November? Enter during the medical center's 29th Annual Holiday Festival, November 27 - Dec. 2 and you'll find a magical winter wonderland. More than 30 themed, volunteer-decorated evergreen trees dot the holiday landscape that includes Santa and his sleigh, holiday treats by Torrance Bakery, and music and dancing by local groups. This year's event raises funds for the medical center's 390,000-SF, seven-story Patient Tower now under construction and scheduled to open in 2015.

This year's festival features a food court and entertainment by more than 30 musical groups. The event will be located at Torrance Memorial Medical Center's Skypark Parking Lot, 3330 Lomita Blvd., Torrance.

"Not only has the Holiday Festival become a tradition for so many in the community, but a wonderful way in which Torrance Memorial supports the healthcare needs of our residents for generations to come," said Laura Schenasi, executive vice president, Torrance Memorial Health Care Foundation. "The generosity of donors and the volunteers who make each tree so special are key to making the event such a success - we couldn't do it with the volunteers' months of dedicated work."

The Holiday Festival opens with Festival Fashions, a boutique, luncheon and fashion show featuring original designs by Jessica Barkley, Kevan Hall and Edwards-Lowell Furs Beverly Hills, Tuesday, Nov. 27, and continues into the weekend with the Festival Night Gala, a dinner and auction, Friday, Nov. 30.

Non-profit and community service group members are invited to attend the festival at a special admission price of $2 in honor of their service on Thursday, Nov. 29 from 5 - 9 p.m. Members are asked to show their pride and wear apparel that represents their organization.

Seniors and those with limited mobility are invited , free of charge, to view the trees in a relaxed environment from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday Nov. 28 and Thursday, Nov. 29. Attendance to any of the public exhibit hours also contributes to the event's fundraising goals. Admission to the Holiday Festival's public hours is $5. Children 2 and under are free.

Lunch with Santa will be held Sunday, Dec. 2. Guests will enjoy face painting, crafts, clowns, photos with Santa (bring your own camera) and tickets to the Holiday Festival tent.

There will be an opportunity drawing and the chance to win a cash prize, a certificate tree, and a 2013 Lexus ES 300h Hybrid donated by Toyota Motors Sales, U.S.A., Inc. The drawing will be held Sunday, Dec. 2 at 3 p.m. Presence is not required to redeem prizes.

For information about the Holiday Festival, to receive an invitation to any of the events or for opportunity drawing tickets, call the Torrance Memorial Health Care Foundation at 310-517-4703. For recorded general event information, call 310-517-4606 or visit

About Torrance Memorial Medical Center

Founded in 1925 by Jared Sydney and Helena Childs Torrance, Torrance Memorial Medical Center is a locally governed, 401-bed, non-profit medical center established to provide quality healthcare services, predominantly to the residents of the South Bay, Peninsula and Harbor communities. Torrance Memorial seeks to offer the most current and effective medical technologies rendered in a compassionate, caring manner. For more information please visit:


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