SOMERS, N.Y. - There were kids, parents, caregivers, grandparents, teachers, council members, organizers and 140 vendors, not to mention Frosty the Snowman and -- in person, Santa Claus himself. In fact, anyone who is anyone was at Primrose School Saturday morning for the annual Holiday Happiness fundraiser to benefit the Primrose PTA.
The doors opened at 10 a.m. and by 11:15 a.m. 800 people had shuffled in, browsed the tables, had a few snacks, chatted with Santa and contributed $12,000. Last year, the total amount earned was around $22,000, so the mornings earnings was very promising, said Sally Krauss, one of the organizers.
Children and grownups alike milled through the rooms and halls, making it feel like the bottom of the ninth inning at Yankee Stadium. While the grownups shopped the youngsters engaged in thrilling activities such as making crafts, getting tattoos and hair extensions, having their faces painted and creating sand art. The YMCA was on hand to supervise events in the gym.
Principal Katie Winter said, This is simply amazing. Theres something for everyone. There are unique gifts and great values. The place is booming. The parking lots are full.
Speaking of the cafeteria fare, Krauss said, People loved the new menu. The pulled pork sandwiches are a huge success.
Joan Ackermann goes to the fair every year with her grandchildren. This year she was on line to put a few of her own requests on Santas List. What does she want for Christmas? If I cant have Peace on Earth and No Tax Increase, Ill take a DVD player, she replied.
Jason Horafios was there with his infant daughter, Lexie. What is Lexie getting for Christmas? Everything, said her dad. The choices are simple when you are nine months old.
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