Zionsville Times Sentinel

December 5, 2012

Hundreds enjoy a VIP Christmas

Photos by Keith Shepherd/Times Sentinel
Staff Writer

— Families enjoyed sleigh rides all evening Friday, Nov. 30, at the VIP Christmas celebration at the Hussey-Mayfield Memorial Public Library.

Leigh Ann Akard, VIP Christmas coordinator, said they had more than 400 people R.S.V.P. to the event.

“We were amazed with the turnout,” she said. “We were taken back by how many older adults came and their excitement for Santa and the holidays.

“It was truly a night full of gratitude, and we just walked away feeling the Christmas spirit.”

Akard said the event had a lot of support this year. The Behavior Analysis Center for Autism helped sponsor the event and supplied cookies to decorate, The St. Vincent Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital sponsored the photos and Zionsville photographer Janice VanGorder took the photos. Volunteer Dave Poindexter organized the elves along with the many other volunteers who helped with the event.

“Everyone was happy to help and just be there,” Akard said. “We created memories not only for ourselves but for everyone that attended.”

VIP2: Joe, 7, Bailey, 4, and Elijah, 9, have their picture taken with Santa Friday, Nov. 30,at the VIP Christmas celebration at the Hussey-Mayfield Memorial Public library.

Leigh Ann Akard, VIP Christmas coordinator, said they had more than 400 people RSVP to the event.

“We were amazed with the turnout,” she said. “We were taken back by how many older adults came and their excitement for Santa and the holidays.

“It was truly a night full of gratitude and we just walked away feeling the Christmas spirit.”

Akard said the event had a lot of support this year. The Behavior Analysis Center for Autism helped sponsor the event and supplied cookies to decorate, The St. Vincent Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital sponsored the photos and Zionsville photographer Janice VanGorder took the photos. Zionsville Community High School teacher Dave Poindexter organized the elves along with the many other volunteers that helped out with the event.

“Everyone was happy to help and just be there,” Akard said. “We created memories not only for ourselves but for everyone that attended.”