Santa breakfast raises funds for cancer society
Three-year-old Triston James and 4-year-old Vianney Oliver both from Jim Thorpe meet Mr and Mrs. Santa Claus at Team Triple Nickel's 10th annual "Breakfast With Santa" at Memorial Hall in Jim Thorpe on Sunday morning.
The Relay for Life team of "Team Triple Nickel" held its 10th annual "Breakfast With Santa" Sunday to help raise funds for the American Cancer Society.
Hundreds of children, parents, and grandparents enjoyed a magical breakfast with music and entertainment in addition to a visit by Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus and friends.
Also greeting everyone were the Christmas Bear, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, the Happy Grinch, Frosty the Snowman, Santa's Elves, and this year's special guests Cookie Monster and Elmo.
Boy Scouts of Troop 555 helped out by carrying guests' food to their tables for them, and then helping to clear the tables when they had finished.
In addition to meeting Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus and their friends, each child received two stuffed toys and a bag of candy.
In addition to the breakfast and visits with Mr. and Mrs. Santa, other activities included a DJ, a coloring book table, a table with Christmas videos, face painting, a bake sale, a basket raffle, a bicycle raffle, and photos with Cookie Monster and Elmo.
Scoutmaster Ray Attewell said, "We are so happy that we've been able to do this for 10 years."
Attewell said the event sold out four weeks ago.
"We had over 60 children for the first seating and 80 children for the second seating with about 100 adults in each seating, so we feed over 300 people," he said.
Attewell thanked the kitchen crew made up of Scout leaders, saying the team effort maes the event a success.
"Last year we gave $3,400 to the American Cancer Society and we're hoping to top that this year," Attewell said.
Everything from the food and toys, to the basket raffle items were donated by the volunteers as was the music provided by DJ Brandon Fritz Entertainment of Tamaqua.
All proceeds raised at the breakfast are donated to the American Cancer Society through their Relay for Life team,"Team Triple Nickel".
Team Captains for the ACS Relay for Life team of Team Triple Nickel are Ray Attewell, Robin McGeehan, and Sue Urban.
The Jim Thorpe National Bank and the Mauch Chunk Trust Company also donated to the event.