Old St. Nick, Santa Claus that jolly old elf with the bushy white beard, will lend his ear to Northside children and their parents at the Northside Business Association’s (NBA) 11th Annual Breakfast with Santa. Held Saturday, Dec. 7, from 8-11 am at the Esquire Club, 1025 N. Sherman Ave., the event includes a pancake breakfast to benefit Northside food pantries.
The menu includes pancakes, sausage, bacon, ham, scrambled eggs, juice and coffee, all cooked and served by volunteer members of the NBA. Dining area hosts are from The River, Bread of Life and Lakeview Lutheran food pantries. A gift bag will be given to the first 300 children who attend.
Over the past 11 years the NBA Breakfast with Santa event has allowed the organization to donate $25,000 and more than 750 pounds of food to area food pantries. Guests at this year’s event may bring donations of non-perishable food items, paper or hygiene products for the food pantries. All donations are greatly appreciated.
“Together, the three food pantries serve over 1,000 families, 750 meals and distribute 30–40 thousand pounds each week. With this year’s food shortages, help from the Breakfast with Santa event is more important than ever,” said event committee chairman Steve Nelson from DuWayne’s Salon.
“This family event allows children and their parents to have fun while giving back to the community. Those smiles on the face are even bigger when everyone realizes how much their participation helps families have enough food,” he added.
Breakfast with Santa tickets are $6 for adults and $4 for children age 3-10. Children under age three are admitted free. Tickets can be purchased at AnchorBank, 2929 N. Sherman Ave., DuWayne’s Salon, 2114 N. Sherman Ave., The UPS Store, 1213 N. Sherman Ave. and The Esquire Club, 1025 N. Sherman Ave.
Sponsors for the event include Thrivent Financial and MG&E, but more sponsors are still needed, Nelson said. Breakfast sponsor levels are available at $500, $300 and $100 levels and help defray the cost of the breakfast so that more money can be donated to the food pantries. If you would like to help in any way, please contact Nelson at 241-0323.