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Letter: JWC of Fairfield Thanks Community for Help with 'Santa's House'

The event raised $17,000 for the Thomas Merton Center.

Dear Editor,

On February 16th, the presented its 2011 Charitable Partner, The , with a $17,000 donation representing the proceeds from the 26th Annual  “A Visit to Santa’s House” fundraiser, held this past December.  This donation was one of the largest donations that the club has ever made, as well as, the largest single donation that the Thomas Merton Center has ever received!    

Fittingly, I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Fairfield community for its help to make this holiday children’s event come to life year-after-year.  We could never have steered such a successful event without the support of the entire community, starting with our young visitors and their families who attended in record numbers to enjoy the many holiday activities at Santa’s House!   

These activities were made possible by the generous donations of all our sponsors, especially our Presenting and House Sponsors, Newman’s Own and GE and our talented & creative Room Sponsors: Bigelow Tea, , Flash Pointe Dance, Garden Catering, , , , , Terex Corp., .   Special thanks as well to our media sponsors – News 12, WEBE 108 and SuzySaid.com – for helping us publicize the event.

Santa’s House is held during the “season of giving” and our members saw that giving first-hand as we were overwhelmed by the generosity of so many local businesses that contributed prizes to our raffles! We also appreciate the organizations that volunteered their time & talents to entertain our visitors throughout the two-day event in the Entertainment Room. These acts were terrific!

This event took many volunteers to pull off! Thank you to our terrific student helpers from Rugby Team, Interact Group, Wakeman Torch Club, several Fairfield Girl Scout troops, and Wyldlife Group. These student groups, in addition to friends and neighbors who volunteered, enabled us to provide a wonderful Santa’s House experience to all our visitors. And we mustn’t overlook our families (especially our husbands!) and friends who helped with the heavy lifting and endured our absences as we prepared for the event. It was well worth it!

The spirit of giving is alive and well in Fairfield and the Junior Women’s Club is proud to be part of this wonderful community!  We look forward to serving the community in 2012. Our next community event will be the 31st Annual Fairfield Spelling Bee on April 11.  See you there!

 

With warm regards,

Cheryl Eustace

Santa’s House Chair

Junior Women’s Club of Fairfield

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