JSL Breakfast with Santa

New event brings 400 to raise funds for Toys for Blount County

Top of the Plaza was the scene of some serious holiday fun Dec. 6 when children and their families visited the Junior Service League Breakfast with Santa and Mrs. Claus.

The event had 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. seatings at the Top of the Plaza in Preservation Plaza downtown and was a fundraiser for Toys for Blount County, a JSL program that gives toys to underprivileged children.

“It went fantastic. It was fabulous, wonderful and magical,” said Whitney Cox who played Mrs. Claus.

There were three fundraising co-chairs -- Christy Alexander, Liz Dugger and Becky Riles. The event was a sell out, and members sold 400 tickets.

“I think it went very well. The guests really enjoyed themselves and the kids were very excited, especially when it started snowing at the end of the second seating,” Alexander said.

This was the first year for the Breakfast with Santa fundraiser. “We definitely plan to do it again next year,” Alexander said.

Cox the JSL decided to do the Breakfast with Santa because the Princesses and Pirates and Pals Breakfast earlier this year was such a successful fundraiser for Toys for Blount County. “Being the first time, I thought it went wonderfully,” said Cox, who is JSL president.

As children got off the elevator, they were greeted by Santa and Mrs. Claus. Then they went into the dining room for pancakes and a buffet. Patrons also enjoyed the view from the sixth floor event center. “It actually started to snow. The kids were excited about that. It made the morning more special,” Cox said.

Another room was set up with trinkets for sale such as jingle bell necklaces and reindeer antlers. “As each child got off the elevator, their face lit up,” Cox said. “Everybody enjoyed the food and were able to get their pictures made with Santa.”

Cox praised the Alexander, Dugger and Riles for their efforts. “Our three fundraising chairs did an out-of-this-world job,” she said. “They did unbelievably well.”

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