Almost 40 volunteers assisted more than 300 people who attended the 17th Bentley Santa’s Breakfast on December 13 at the Blindman Valley Ag centre from 9 to11a.m.
The free breakfast/brunch, cooked by Community Chest Society volunteers, included fresh cooked pancakes, juice and coffee, Christmas oranges, and yogurt cups, all set up in a buffet help-yourself style.
Ongoing entertainment included performances by some members of the Red Deer Rhythmic Gymnastics Club and some Jennifer Johnson Music students.
Children were assisted with face painting by the Bentley Boutique gals, made crafts sponsored and coordinated by the Stay and Play Program volunteers, and wrote letters to Santa with Bentley Museum volunteers helping, and had the chance for an up-close-and-personal visit with Santa himself. Families were busy snapping pictures and each child was given the choice of a free book to take home with guidance from Santa’s helper elves.
Kathi Issler once again captured a piece of Bentley’s history in another of her gingerbread, icing, and candy creations: this time she reproduced the historic Oxford school building. The lucky winner was Jana Halladay from Bentley who donated it back to be shared in a place “where more can enjoy it” she said.
More volunteers and financial aid were also from the local fire department, local library, TOPS, the ag society, Slivers Custom Wood Products, Hans Gelsing Innotech dealer, and many individuals.
Donations at the door helped cover the cost of the event. Any profit realized will go towards a future children’s program.
Santa’s celebration was coordinated/sponsored by the Town of Bentley Community Services.