A special holiday event to help fill the shelves of a local food bank will be held next month.
The fifth annual Sipping with Santa will be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Dec. 2 at Chateau Golf and Country Club, 3600 Chateau Blvd., Kenner. All proceeds from the event will benefit the Kenner Food Bank.
The event will include flavored martinis, assorted wines, hors d’oeuvres, music by Doctor Disco, a “shopping village” with local vendors, raffles, an auction and photographs with Santa Claus.
Some of the items in the auction include an autographed New Orleans Pelicans basketball and a night in a suite, custom jewelry from Raymond’s Jewelry Creations and a New Orleans Saints football signed by the 2013 team, coaching staff and owner.
Raffle items include a wine basket ($200 value), high tea for four people at The Windsor Court, a gift basket of skin and hair care products from Georgy’s, French Quarter hotel stays, two admission tickets for children to the Global Wildlife Center, eight tickets to any of the Audubon Institutes attractions, a dinner jazz cruise for two on the Steamboat Natchez with the Dukes of Dixieland, and local art pieces.
Raffle tickets are $5 each.
“Over the past four years, we were able to raise enough funds to donate turkeys and other food items to families in need with the help of our generous sponsors and attendants,” said Janice Watsky, a volunteer with the event. “This is a fun party and a great way to kick off the holiday season.”
The city of Kenner plans to open a new food bank next spring. Ground was broken last summer for a new 2,200-square-foot building located at Oxley Street and Lloyd Price Avenue. It will include additional refrigerator and freezer space to store dairy products and fresh produce, a lobby, a service drive and a loading dock.
Arleeta Terrell is the director of Kenner’s Department of Community Development, which oversees the food bank’s operation.
“On average, 740 families come to the food bank monthly, so we feed about 2,600 people monthly,” Terrell said. “This fundraiser helps to sustain the food bank year-round. And it allows us to provide 300 baskets to needy families at Thanksgiving and Christmas.”
Tickets to the Dec. 2 event are $35 per person plus a donation of one nonperishable food item. Tickets can be purchased by cash or a check made payable to Kenner Food Bank. No credit cards will be accepted. Sponsorships for the event also are available.
Michelle Swanner Yenni and Karen Troyer Caraway are the hosts of the event.
For more information, for sponsorship information or to purchase tickets, call Laura Murray at (504) 467-1351 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Terrell added that anyone unable attend the Dec. 2 event who would like to help the food bank with a donation can make out a check or money order to the Kenner Food Bank and send it to 624 Williams Blvd., Kenner, LA 70062.