Thursday, November 03, 2011

Festival of Trees on November 20th from 4-8pm at the California Automobile Museum

In honor of National Adoption Awareness Month, The Birth Connection is hosting the Festival of Trees charity auction on Sunday, November 20th from 4:00-8:00 p.m. at Sacramento’s California Automobile Museum. The event has been created to build awareness and raise funds for The Birth Connection (TBC), a non-profit organization devoted to providing a safe place for pregnant women in crisis.

This year’s charity event, “Festival of Trees,” features a “Taste of Northern California” and includes an afternoon of appetizers and desserts provided by local restaurateurs Maranello's, Cafeteria 15L, and Biba, followed by a live auction. Auction items include one-of-a-kind experiences, as well as beautifully-decorated Christmas trees donated by designers and organizations in the community.

Event co-chairs, Donald and Jackie Barthel of Bradford and Barthel, LLP, have been personally impacted by the good works of The Birth Connection.

“As the father of four beautiful children, I see the miracles that The Birth Connection provides to families and children every day,” said Barthel. “My wife Jackie and I are passionate about finding strong, loving families and homes for children needing adoption.”

The Law Offices of Bradford and Barthel, LLP are joined by Rubio’s Restaurant to utilize resources from their respective businesses to help keep children out of California’s financially-strapped foster care system.

“I hope the community takes advantage of this opportunity to come together in celebration for such an important cause,” said Barthel, father of Mimi, Emma, Ben and Desmond Barthel. Barthel’s business partner Thomas Bradford is also a supporter and offers thanks to Lois Baxter, executive director of TBC, and the hundreds of families who have supported TBC over the years.

“The Birth Connection is directly responsible for making hundreds of families—as well as hundreds of children—feel complete,” said Bradford. “This is our opportunity to bring the families, children, supporters and community leaders together to celebrate the lives of these families.”

Individual tickets are $25 and table sponsorships start at $250. Sponsorship packages are also available and can be tailored to fit sponsor needs. Bradford and Barthel, a statewide law firm with 12 offices, is creating “A Forever Home for Children Supporter's Wall” in their new Sacramento office, slated to be unveiled in early 2012. “Supporter” levels begin at $1,000 (funds go toward the adoption of one child), up to $10,000 (“Changing 30 Lives Forever” - funds counseling for 20 birth moms and 10 adoptions). Significant sponsors will be invited to Bradford and Barthel’s private VIP After Party immediately following the event on Sunday, November 20.

For additional ticket and sponsorship information, go to their Facebook page here, or or call Jackie Barthel at 916.718.3441.

About Bradford and Barthel
Founded in 1997 by Thomas Bradford and Donald Barthel, Bradford and Barthel, LLP is the industry leader in aggressive defense of Workers' Compensation, Subrogation, Employment, and Labor matters. Additional information can be found online at:

About The Birth Connection
The Birth Connection (TBC) is a non-profit organization that is committed to serving women in unplanned pregnancy. TBC offers each woman a safe place to explore the life choices of parenting and adoption and the decisions she makes to provide her child with a hope and a future. Additional information can be found by going to

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