Tree lighting in Union Square tonight

The 20th annual Macy's Tree Lighting Ceremony will take place tonight in San Francisco's Union Square to benefit the University of
California, San Francisco Children's Hospital.

An 85-foot-tall Shasta Fir tree will be lighted outside the Macy's store in Union Square Park this evening, according to event organizers.

Lights on the tree can be sponsored for $5 each, and the donations will go to the palliative care program, Compass Care, at UCSF Children's Hospital.

The program provides essential medical care and emotional support for families whose children have life-threatening illnesses.
       Over the past six years, more than $800,000 has been raised by sponsoring lights on the tree.

Tonight's event is scheduled to feature San Francisco Giants pitcher Barry Zito as the honorary chair of the event.

Donations can be made by calling (415) 353-2199 or by going to www.ucsfhealth.org/tree.

The program is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m., and the tree lighting will occur at about 6:30 p.m., according to event organizers.

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