Jack Pearadin and Doug Nelsen found a 1.73-carat diamond after nearly a year of searching the park's field.
The lights will go on for more than 40 theme-decorated trees Thursday when the annual Festival of Trees brings Santa and plenty of parties to Clear Channel Metroplex, I-430 and Colonel Glenn Road.
The trees will be sold at both live and silent auctions at the CARTI fund-raiser, which has raised more than $1 million for the cancer treatment facility since its beginning in 1977.
The Stroll Through the Forest tree viewing runs 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.
The Sugar Plum Ball is set for 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursday; tickets are $30.
A luncheon and fashion show will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Friday; tickets are $40. The “Festival After Dark” event starts at 6 p.m. Friday; tickets are $25. Santa will eat breakfast with the kids from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Saturday; tickets are $15.
“Tux ’n Trees” concludes the festival at 6 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $150.
For tickets or more information call 660-7612 or visit www.carti.com/calendarCalendar.html.