It’s a lively, music-filled, child-friendly, party-like atmosphere to kick off the holiday season for many families, but at this Breakfast with Santa event it’s hard to determine who’s having more fun – the kids or the adults!
“We come every year. We just love it!” said Nikkie Krut of Ellsworth. She brought seven kids with her this year, including two of her own.
What do the kids like most about this event? An informal poll among one table revealed …
“I love to decorate the donuts!”
“My favorite mascot is Scrappy!”
Nearly 500 people in all attended this year. The Georgetown in Boardman was abuzz with children, parents and grandparents soaking in a parade of popular local mascot characters, catching photo opps with Disney princesses and superheroes, requesting balloon animals from clowns, showing off their dance moves, and of course bending the ear of Santa Claus himself.
“It’s just a wonderful family event,” said JoAnn Stock, senior director of development, Akron Children’s Hospital. “To see the families having fun together is what Akron Children’s Hospital is all about – families. It’s a perfect fit with our mission.”
Proceeds from the event directly support programs and services at Akron Children’s Hospital Mahoning Valley. Stock estimated between ticket sales, the chance auction and generous sponsor support the event will raise more than $25,000.
Sharon Hrina, MSN, RN, vice president of Akron Children’s Hospital Mahoning Valley, greeted families and watched in delight at everyone enjoying their time.
“I love to see the joy in the children’s eyes. They’re always so attentive and well-behaved,” Hrina said. “This event is such a great spirit for the Valley and for the children.”
A representative from Dunkin’ Donuts, one of the event sponsors, presented a check to Akron Children’s Hospital Mahoning Valley for $29,000 from its annual Miracles for Munchkins program.