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Festival of Trees

15 Nov 2022

written by Cindy Matalucci

We were so excited to welcome Bobby Gordon, Chair, Festival of Trees and Moe Girton, Co-Host, Festival of Trees, Partner & Creative Wine & Spirit Director, InsideOUT.

We give you the scoop on Festival of Trees San Diego and how you can get your tickets to this amazing event!

Festival of Trees is an annual fundraiser that features expertly decorated and designed artificial holiday trees available for raffle and live auction, that will then be delivered to homes of winners (within SD County). 100% of the proceeds of this event will benefit the San Diego LGBTQ+ community.!

They raised just under $23K last year for HIV/AIDS services in San Diego! This years goal is over 30K! Let’s help them hit that number!

Imagine–you win a tree on Thanksgiving weekend and it’s delivered to your home fully set up and ready the following Monday!


This years beneficiary is: Being Alive San Diego HIV/AIDS Services.

Moe mixes us up a specialty cocktail that she will be serving at the event!

Event Details:
Sunday, November 20 2022 Starts at 4PM for VIP Members and 5PM for General Admission

$35 General Admisison
(in advance) $50.00 at Door


Location is InsideOut in Hillcrest
1642 University Avenue

About Bobby:

Bobby Gordon is a local entrepreneur, public speaker, consultant (marketing, communications, and non-profit organizations), event host, and adjunct instructor in Marketing at UC San Diego Extension.

After moving to San Diego about 4 years ago, Bobby founded a non-profit (BGCA/Big Gay California) with the goal of hosting an annual holiday-themed fundraiser to round-out the year to support mental health, HIV/AIDS, and LGBTQ+ suicide prevention in our local and allied communities. 2022 marks the 2nd annual Festival of Trees, which has now become a staple of our LGBTQ+ and allied communities!

About Moe:

Moe Girton started her career in 2000, where she started as a door girl/security and bar back at The Flame; eventually working her way up to Bartender and Manager. She also was named Miss Gay San Diego in 2003. The Flame sold in 2004, and she transitioned to be a part of the opening team with Baja Betty’s. Over the years, she grew within the company and eventually opened up the World Famous Women’s Bar Gossip Grill, becoming a partner in the MO’s Universe Restaurant Group and a pillar for the community. Highly accredited, Gossip has gone forward and achieved new heights, winning the Nicky Award for Bar of the year in 2019, the first time for a Women’s Bar. She is passionate about putting values first and continues to provide a safe space for Women & the LGBTQ+ Community. This is her chosen family and tribe.

Moe has received 6 Nicky awards including Business Woman of the Year in 2017 and has been featured in numerous documentaries and magazines including OUT, The Advocate, and Curve Magazine. She competed in a reality show called Barmageddon, where she came out on top as the winner. Moe believes in the importance of giving back, being an activist, and standing up for what you believe in. She has always been an active member of her community and has used her platform to help raise awareness and money for a variety of nonprofits and fundraisers; donating and raising hundreds of thousands of dollars.

12 years and a few more restaurants later, Moe, along with her business partners, recently opened another Female Forward space; Barrel & Board, a next-level Restaurant & Bar. Moe and the MO’s Universe family has teamed up with organizations such as The Center, San Diego Pride, HRC, and Red Dress Project to provide funds, time, space, and, of course, FUN for our community.

Cindys Dress by Dress The Population and Boots Steve Madden:

Felicity Dress by Dress the Population, Boots by Steve Madden

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