Breakfast with Santa, spearheaded by the Headingley Chamber of Commerce, will celebrate its 10th anniversary on Saturday Dec. 7, 2013 at the Headingley Community Centre, 5353 Portage Ave.
Proceeds from this year’s event will be donated to Bright Beginnings Day Care in Headingley. The dedicated staff look forward to purchasing additional furniture for the infant care area. This specialized area needs regular updating to ensure the best care possible is provided for the infants.
Ten years ago, the chamber of commerce, under the direction of then-president Ronald Fast of Fast Plumbing, wanted to host an event that would give back to the community. And what better event than one that brings smiles to children’s faces?
Breakfast with Santa would not be possible without the effort of many dedicated volunteers from local businesses and the community, such as Headingley Seniors, Phoenix Recreational Centre and the Headingley Chamber of Commerce.
Long-time community volunteer Tammy Wood recalls that "(Breakfast with Santa) grew from a $300 donation 10 years ago, to an event where all of the food, decorations and gifts are 100% donated. We went from one seating, to two seatings."
The resounding support for this event has translated to free tickets this year, which can be picked up at Bright Beginnings if your children attend that day care. They can also be picked up at the Headingley Community Centre office or the morning of the event. There is a limit of eight tickets per family. The breakfast runs from 8 to 11 a.m. with no specific seating times.
Starbuck Credit Union is providing a large "gift of entertainment for the entire family."
Other local sponsors that make the event possible are Assiniboia Downs, Headingley Grill, Subway Catering, RBC’s Harstone and Parkhill branches, AMC Foam Technologies, Crane Steel, Fanset Construction, Taillieu Construction, Morrison Custom Homes, Scott Wolfe Inc., Headingley Auto Glass, John Van Massenhoven, Columbia Insurance, Bennett Auto Service, Glenat Enterprises, Kings Septic and the RM of Headingley.
At the breakfast itself, Santa and his helpers will welcome the Headingley children with additional help from Pockets the clown (aka Rev. Joanne Kury of Headingley United Church).
After a delicious pancake and sausage breakfast, children can enjoy the face-painting artists while they wait for Santa.
Photographer Doug Little will also be on hand to capture your child’s special moment with Santa.
Valerie Chatain-White is a community correspondent for Headingley. You can contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org