Originally posted by: Shore Local

Renault Winery’s (72 North Bremen Avenue, Egg Harbor City) Festival of Trees is where you want to be on December 8th. The annual charity tree auction is comprised of a silent one-hour auction of some of the most beautifully decorated trees which you can use to transform your home for the holiday season. Each year, Renault selects one worthy charity to whom all proceeds go, and this year, the charity is Faces 4 Autism.

Each tree is decorated with several high-valued items by the team at Renault and local businesses and takes place in the breath-taking Champagne Ballroom. It will be followed by a gourmet dinner and keynote speeches by representatives of Faces 4 Autism and Renault.

There are 17 trees which can be bid on this year, each with their own unique theme. There are classic Christmas trees, adorned with snowflakes, baubles, and lights, each following a different color scheme. There are also some original looking trees, including a Philadelphia Eagles tree, “Elf” movie tree, and of course, a wine tree. There are trees which lend a more sophisticated feel and ones which are more jovial which the kids will absolutely love. You can see the full line up and make an early bid at: https://rwrg.betterworld.org/auctions/festival-trees. You can even make a bid if you cannot make the event.

There will be live music throughout the night from Zach Taglioli and Brandon Tomasello. Prior to the gala, Renault will also be hosting a skate night from 5-8 pm on December 1st to benefit Faces 4 Autism, where you will also have the opportunity to partake in Vintner Wonderful activities such as Storytime with Santa, fire pit time, wine tasting, and more, for an additional cost. You will need to reserve a spot for the skating, and you can do so by following this link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/faces-4-autism-skate-night-tickets

Faces 4 Autism is a non-profit charity dedicated to the education and support of children with Autism and their families. They provide education and resources on autism to families and educators in South Jersey, with the aim of improving the lives of those on the spectrum by providing social opportunities and programs to foster self-advocacy, independence, and dignity. The charity was started by the Mosca family, whose association with autism is close to home after their son Kyle was diagnosed with Pervasive Developmental Disorder-Not Otherwise Specified (PDD-NOS) in 2002. After struggling to find support, they began to create awareness by posting flyers in stores. After an overwhelming response, they formed the non-profit with the help of several other families and now have one of the most recognized support networks for families with autism in the area.

For more information on Faces 4 Autism, you can check out their website here: https://faces4autism.org/. They welcome donations year-round, so if you would like to donate, you can follow the links to make a donation.

Renault Winery is undoubtedly one of the most versatile venues for events in our area. During the summer, you can relax and enjoy a glass of their signature wines on their patios, yet during the winter, the entire place transforms into a winter wonderland. The entire estate is outstanding, and the bespoke atmosphere they are able to create for each event is second to none. This will truly be an event that gets you feeling festive and in the spirit for the holidays.

The event will run from 6-9 pm, and tickets are $65 per person and can be purchased directly from their website: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/festival-of-trees-tickets Spaces are limited, so buy early to make sure you do not miss out.