Thank you to our many merry elves...
WOW WHAT A TERRIFIC YEAR!! With the outstanding support of our 1,000 elves, our 2015 holiday program was an awesome success. With the desire to produce a fun family-friendly event, 361 elves gathered in elf attire to simultaneously wrap gifts and break the Guinness World Record. Over 4,400 people fed, over 5,800 wrapped gifts given to children, more than 8 tons of turkey cooked and 50,000 pounds of food delivered to 1,003 families in the Baltimore Metro Area on Christmas Eve.
SANTA’S HELPERS EXTENDS OUR SINCEREST THANKS TO: The Abell Foundation, Brooks Huff Tires & Auto Centers, Mr. George Bunting and the Bunting Family Foundation, the DSS Chambers Foundation, Stewart B. Eckers Charitable Trust, Hightopps Back Stage Grille, Kelly Associates, KBE Building, Legg Mason, Mr. Jeffrey Legum, Mr. Earl Linehan, Dr. Ginny Merryman, Merritt Properties, The Harvey M. Meyerhoff Fund Inc., Patapsco Ban, Timonium Kiwanis, Mr. Michael Batza, Jr, The Women’s Club of Towson, Inc., Mr. Philip Huber, and several extremely generous individuals who wish to remain anonymous, and to our more than 1,000 volunteers for their time, physical help and monetary support. An extra special thanks to our Board Trustees, George Hess and Tommy Obrecht for their tireless fund raising efforts to help us meet our $260,000 budget goal.
We also thank Wegman’s of Hunt Valley for ALL of their support, Atlas Container for the turkey boxes, Cloverland Dairy for 200 gallons of milk, International Playthings, LLC for hundreds of toys, Indusco Enterprises and Oldfield’s School for their people power support; Hightopps Backstage Grill, 100.7 The Bay,the Shotgun Shack Band, INLINE Fitness, lululemon athletica Harbor East, and Firehouse Tavern for their incredible fundraising support; Cargill Wyaslusing Team for the turkey boxes, Ziger/ Snead Architects for help with our printing, the Prometric Teams, McCormick Procurement and the members of Legg Mason’s Leadership Network and Developing Professional’s Network for their warehouse crews, Media Star Promotions for all kinds of tireless support, the Fire Museum of Maryland for transportation for Santa and Mrs. Claus, Chick-fil-A, and of course, Mr. and Mrs. Claus. A big round of applause to our newest team, Internet Testing Systems for all the help on loading day!
Huge thanks go out to Obrecht Properties, LLC for the tremendous warehouse space, Patrick Payne from BTR, Jim Elliott’s Towing and Michael Hoffberger of Hoffberger Moving Services for the trucks, Maryland State Fairgrounds for our elf gathering space, and St. James Academy for their successful toy drive on Santa’s behalf. To Santa’s indescribable “A” team – our behind the scenes warehouse crew, there are not enough words. You are the backbone of this 100% volunteer organization. And to the hundreds of Elves who supported our program -- Thank you, thank you, thank you!!
We could not operate without our “turkey cookers extraordinaire”:
Bagby Restaurant Group Baltimore Station Blue Hill Tavern Bluestone Restaurant The Bowman Restaurant and Pub Capital Grille Cava Mezze Chef’s Expressions Caterers Cinghale Coppin State Delaware North Companies Fazzini’s Taverna Four Seasons of Baltimore Gertrude’s at the BMA Hayfields Country Club Helping Up Mission Hightopps Backstage Grille Hunt Valley Caterers Johns Hopkins Club Kelly’s Kitchen Kooper’s Jacksonville Manor Tavern Michael’s Café Raw Bar and Grille M & S Grill McCormick and Company McCormick and Schmick Seafood Orioles Park at Camden Yards Roy’s of Baltimore Ruth Chris Steak House at Pier V Salt Tavern Sparrows Point Country Club St. James School Stratford University Thames St. Oyster Waterfront Kitchen
We are already under way with plans for 2016, our 28th year, with our goal again of providing Christmas to 1,000 families. If you are associated with any club, group or organization that would be interested in partnering with Santa, please contact us.