Cape Gazette

Legion Auxiliary 17 hosts children's Christmas party

Jan 08, 2013
Source: Submitted Santa's helpers from American Legion Auxiliary Unit 17 get ready for the Dec. 15 children's party.  They include (l-r) President Joanne Stafford,  Membership Betty Dunn, Ways & Means Diana Dolan, Education and National Security Judi Whitman, Sgt. at Arms MaryAnn McCrae, Historian Jean Maxwell, Treasurer Karen Metcalf, Poppy Chair Dee Whelan and Children & Youth Betty Lenkeiwicz.

Members of the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 17 became Santa's helpers Dec. 13 as they began preparations for the annual Children's Christmas Party. Stockings were stuffed, and the wooly tree was adorned with hats and mittens for the children to take.

The Christmas party was held Dec. 15 at American Legion Post 17, with Santa and Mrs. Claus in attendance, along with their personal elf and many of Santa's helpers. The children's party included games, singing, prizes and a bountiful lunch provided compliments of the auxiliary.

The auxiliary expressed thanks for the community support in their fundraising events. Through continued support, members can provide fun and educational events throughout the year.


Serving line helpers (l-r) Jean Maxwell, Joanne Stafford and Dotty Murray take a moment to survey the display of Christmas treats. (Source: Submitted)
Santa's helpers get to visit with Santa, too.  Shown are (l-r) Santa's elf Manny Mendez, Betty Lenkiewicz, and Mr. and Mrs Claus (Tom and Rita Gillespie). (Source: Submitted)
Stuart Reckard is all smiles as he gets a special visit with Santa (Tom Gillespie) and Mrs. Claus (Rita Gillespie). (Source: Submitted)
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