OH HOLIDAY TREE!
|There wasn’t a pouty face to be found when Vornado Realty Trust held its annual tree-lighting last week at 555 California. New York office division prez David Greenbaum, right, hosted the shindig, which drew more than 600 to one of San Francisco’s largest family holiday events. In the spirit of the season, many local real estate leaders, including Jones Lang LaSalle managing director David Churton, came out for the festivities.|
|Befitting its stature, the 52-story office tower and complex once again featured one of the tallest holiday trees in the region—an 85-foot white fir from Mt. Shasta. But that wasn’t the only star of the show. The tree-lighting also featured free performances by American Idol season 10 finalist Pia Toscano and singer/songwriter Andy Grammer, as well as a special guest appearance by 49er running back (and the team’s newly anointed all-time rushing leader) Frank Gore.|
|The tree-lighting benefited Autism Speaks, whose reps are between Frank, Pia, and Andy as orchestra leader Dick Bright plays Santa. To increase awareness, 16 blue-lit trees lining California Street are available for sponsorship for the duration of the holiday season. (This year’s leading sponsors include LRG Capital, Commonwealth Title, and Fried Frank.) Details about a virtual fundraising tree are available at www.555treelighting.com.|