A Thank You For a Wonderful Breakfast with Santa

Dear Odd Fellows and Pledges,

BreakfastWithSantaSingers20131214Well, we just completed another successful Breakfast with Santa (BWS). This was our Eighth year organizing, sponsoring and hosting this event at the Lodge. On behalf of my co-chair Barb Geisler and myself, THANK YOU to all the volunteers and helpers who made this a great success. This is a fun event but also a huge event to coordinate! But Odd Fellows and Pledges really stepped up to help in many big and little ways.

BreakfastWithSantaFriends20131214All 360 tickets to this year’s BWS were sold out in just 8 days! This is an all-time record for rapid sales. The children and parents who attended had a wonderful time. I heard nothing but compliments to the Odd Fellows for hosting this event. We handled three separate seatings for BWS. We received a lot of good publicity in the community for the Odd Fellows Lodge.

We also raised $7,000 from BWS this year – an all-time record. $3,250 of that was from ticket sales, and the remaining $3,750 came from our financial sponsors. These funds will be used to benefit foster children and former foster children.

Thank you to the following Odd Fellows for their great work on this event:

Doug Hatton – the world’s best Santa
Sharla Cheney – volunteer coordinator
Dave Rosenberg – volunteer wrangler, bookkeeper, place mats and publicity
Rea Nakanishi – head cook
Steve Lopez – head cook
Brian Sipp – cook
Amy Hodam – cook
Dody Black – music
Renee Liston – designer of the tickets and flier
Barbara Geisler – coordinator of 190 goodie bags and buyer of supplies

And to the volunteers during the shifts who helped move food, serve, set tables, clean up, etc:

BreakfastWithSanta20131214Tim Ainsworth
Solveig Monson
Val Dolcini
Glenn Mounkes
Salie Yin
Jonathan Raven
JuDee Archuleta
Nicole Chaffee
Alekka Fullerton
Michael Fullerton
Graham Fullerton
Annie Fullerton
Elsie Fullerton
Arun Sen
Mike Cabral
Margie Cabral
Joyce Trujillo
Vita Salmieri
Kumar Sah
JoAnne Hokanson
Mary Superak
Peter Pascoe
Melinda Hillis
Shyamli Sah

Thanks to the “scullery crew” who helped on major clean-up after the event:

Mark Rutheiser
Bob Schelen
Cesar Morales
Amanda Schwabe

Also, thank you to the folks who helped us set up the Lodge before the event or helped put BWS supplies away after the event:

Debbie Friend – super head decorator
Christopher Young
Jessica Sneeden
Valerie Ranns
Rea Nakanishi
Michelle Kellogg
Joyce Trujillo
Peter Pascoe

Thank you to Common Grounds and Avid Reader who sold our tickets. And thanks to Lodge OSA Blake who was invaluable on the day of the event.

Thank you to the people and businesses who contributed funds as sponsors to make this event a reality. The financial sponsors: Edward Jones (David Cougevan and Nicole Davis), Yoche Dehe Wintun Nation, Jan and Davis Campbell, Hanlees of Davis, Law Offices of Raquel Silva, Tandem Properties, Law Offices of Roberta Savage, Campus Child Care Inc., Davis Ace, Tim Ainsworth, Dennis Corcoran, Beth and Bob Dovi, Supervisor Jim Provenza, Supervisor Don Saylor, Joyce Trujillo, Barbara and Zach Wochok. We also thank our in-kind and food sponsors including: Davis Food Co-op, Dr. Mandelaris DDS, Mezzetta Foods, Lea and Dave Rosenberg, and Woodstock’s Pizza.

Mark your calendars for the Ninth Annual Breakfast with Santa which will be held on Saturday, December 13, 2014.

F – L – T

Lea Rosenberg
Vice Grand

 
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