Kappa Delta Phi kicked off events Saturday, Dec. 7, with Breakfast with Santa and continued in the afternoon with the Snowflake Princess coronation, prior to having a float in Lebanon’s annual Christmas parade.
Breakfast with Santa at Arni’s restaurant in downtown Lebanon drew in record numbers, compared to the last few years, serving 277 people and raising $375.85 for the Lebanon Welfare League’s annual Christmas dinner baskets program.
“We were able to serve more individuals this year than last year,” Ruby Gist, KDP Breakfast with Santa chairperson, said. “The weather was fantastic and there was no construction, which allowed us to serve more families.”
The event began in 1974, KDP volunteer and LWL secretary and treasurer Sue Muncie said.
The long-standing event is a tradition to families as well as members of the KDP. Amanda Lovely brought her children, Kolten and Ariana Bailey, to eat and visit with Santa.
“We’ve been coming here for the last three years,” Lovely, a Lebanon resident, said. “The kids look forward to it. It’s something to do with my kids and make memories with them.”
Ariana said she enjoyed both the food and seeing Santa. Kolten said his favorite part was seeing Santa.
“It’s generational,” Joyce Douglas, KDP member, said. “We see the little ones grow up and then they bring their little ones.”
Children received ornaments after getting the chance to tell Santa what they wanted for Christmas. Unfortunately, due to the increase in numbers, there were not enough ornaments.
“We ran out of ornaments so we had to go to the store to get candy canes,” Suzi Boyette, KDP chapter president, said. “It’s a great turnout. You never know from year to year.”
The Gamma Mu Chapter of KDP Snowflake Princess Contest also had a record number of contestants this year.
The 15 contestants each raised money for a charity of their choice, with the girl raising the most money being crowned Snowflake Princess. A total of $5,871.76 was raised.
“Contestants were given one month to collect money,” Anita Wolf, a 25-year member of KDP, said. “The contest instills in the girls to be philanthropic and help your neighbor. It takes everyone.”
How the funds were raised was left up to the contestants. The earnings were divided up so that 20 percent of each contestant’s funds went to their chosen charities. Gamma Mu KDP will then disperse the rest of the funds to local charities.
The 2019 Snowflake Princess winner was Paige Hauger, a fifth-grader from Central Elementary School and the daughter of Kevin and Barbara Hauger. Her chosen charity was the Humane Society for Boone County.
“I want to help pets in any way I can,” Paige said. “I sold cat toys, dog biscuits, and peppermint barks to raise money.”
Paige raised $1,202.71 resulting in a check for $240.54 donated to the Humane Society for Boone County.
Each contestant received a flower and was recognized at the coronation ceremony.
Several contestants chose to donate to the Humane Society for Boone County including Nevaeh Copeland, a third-grader from Thorntown Elementary School; Charley Reagan, a fourth -rader from Thorntown Elementary; Estelle Walker, a third-grader from Granville Wells Elementary; Jessa Baker, a fifth-grader from Hattie B. Stokes; Whitney Dean Anderson, a fifth-grader from Harney Elementary; and Hayleigh Coyle, a fifth-grader from Harney Elementary.
Lilly Culley, a third-grader from Harney Elementary, and Lyla Henson, a fifth-grader from Central Elementary, chose to donate to Sylvia’s Child Advocacy Center.
The Arc of Greater Boone County received donations raised by Harper Caldwell, a third-grader from Granville Wells Elementary.
Chloe Strle, a fifth-grader from Harney Elementary, and Emma Birge, a second-grader from Harney Elementary, chose for their funds to go to the Boone County Cancer Society.
Penelope Scott, a second-grader from Harney Elementary, chose the Boone County Community Chest as her charity.
New Life Recovery received funds raised by Laney Oliver, a fifth-grader from Harney Elementary.
Landry LePage, a fourth-grader from Central Elementary, donated her funds to the Black Box Theatre.