The first people to successfully paint the town red spent more time haphazardly assembling scaffolding and arguing over who got to be the foreman than enjoying the results. Take the planning out of carousing with today's Groupon: for $100, you get two admission tickets to The Southwest Florida Goodwill Foundation's Tux & Trees Gala on Saturday, December 3 from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center (a $200 value).
The Southwest Florida Goodwill Foundation's fifth annual Festival of Trees culminates in the black-tie Tux & Trees Gala, a night of mingling, merriment and fundraising auctions. Don an evening gown, bow tie, or gold-fringed Santa beard before tossing car keys to a valet and waltzing into the chic soiree festooned with twinkling lights and garlands. Local artists and businesses lavish Christmas trees with traditional and novelty decorations, which fill the fete floor interspersed with hors d'oeuvres and clinking cocktail glasses. Celebrity host Carley Wegner of Morning Blend on Fox 4 and captivating auctioneer Scott Robinson lead a whirlwind of bidding on the festival's majestic trees, festive wreaths, Fabergé sleigh bells, and other seasonal items during live and silent auctions. All proceeds further Goodwill's mission to serve people with disabilities and other disadvantages as they seek independence.