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2014 Christmas Party
Our 2014 Christmas Party was held at Hanson Park Elementary in Chicago. It was a great success and 2015 is in the planning stages already.
Interested in donating to the Christmas Party Fund or supplying plush? Call the office today! $500 donations will earn you or your firm a place on the Noble & Kitti Case Christmas Fund plaque to assure future events.
Did You Know, in November of 1946, Brother Nat Green suggested that the SLA host a Christmas Party for underprivileged children. The members talked to the Ulrich Home, an orphanage in Chicago and arrangements were made for Christmas Eve at one of the banquet rooms in the Sherman Hotel. Buses were arranged for and before they knew it, donations of $560.00, 2 clowns and 10 turkeys had come in to the League Office. This was the beginning of the wonderful tradition that The Showmen's League of America hosts each year for mentally and physically challenged and underprivileged children.
Did You Know that in 1946 we entertained 250 children at the Christmas Party and last year, in 2013, we were proud to entertain over 1,500 children. In addition to live performance entertainment we provide each child with toys, cotton candy and popcorn. Over the years children from orphanages, low income boys and girls clubs, Mt. Olivet Home for children with special needs and Chicago area schools that specialized in challenged children have been entertained by the League at the holiday season.
Past parties have been held at the Sherman Hotel, the SLA League Rooms, The Medinah Temple, Chicago Union Halls and presently the party is held at the Hanson Park Elementary School. The school gymnasium is decorated as a circus tent and we provide up to 3 shows to accommodate all the children in the school. The shows include magic, circus, singing, dancing and a special appearance of Santa Claus, Frosty the Snowman and Rudolph.
Thank you to our Sponsors and Volunteers
2015 SLA Volunteers at the show included
Peter Kasin, Co-Chair
Donnie Massie III Co-Chair
Paul Kasin, 2015 President
Fr. John Vakulskas
Pastor Dan Woodward
Cotton Candy workers ; Betty Reynolds, Toni Booker, Jeannie Brake, Freddie Levision, Carla Totgieter, Elsie Totgieter and Bambi NelAnd many more who contributed or helped before, during and after.
Thank you to our Corporate Sponsors
And a special thank you to Giovanni Zoppe for sponsoring the children's Christmas party at the Hanson Park Elementary School. His performance is “outstanding” every single year! And once again thank you to everyone who makes this possible. We couldn’t do it without every one of YOU!
Christmas Cowboy Kevin
Sound tech, Aaron
Character Actress Lyra
Lois, Hand Balancing, Spring and Family,
Thank You for all your help the kids love you guys.