Jingle Bell Brunch gives families taste of the holidays

Published On: Nov 18 2012 04:45:12 PM CST   Updated On: Nov 18 2012 11:44:58 PM CST
LA CROSSE, Wis. -- -

It was a chance for families to kick off their holiday celebration while supporting a good cause.       

The Franciscan Skemp Auxilary hosted its Jingle Bell Brunch on Sunday.

Community members bought tickets for an all-you-can eat brunch and a chance for the kids to meet Mr. and Mrs. Santa Clause.

The proceeds will go to benefit charities in our area.

Organizers said not only is the brunch a great fundraiser, it's also an opportunity for families to spend quality time together.

"It's really a great way to start a family tradition and that was our goal. We asked, "What can we do to bring families together. To bring everybody home?' and we had people who had their kids come in specifically for this and had their grand kids come visit, so that was really neat," said event organizer Kim Lenth.

This year there was also a free brunch donated by the community for military members and their families.

Col. Kurt Wagner said it's a gesture the military members are thankful for.

"For the retired it means a lot to be remembered and for the active service members it means a lot to be part of the community. You're not just 'those soldiers at Fort McCoy,' you're part of the community and you're welcomed into the community with events like this," said Wagner.

The proceeds of this years event will go toward five different charities including the Saint Claire Health Mission and the Boys and Girls Club.

It's the last of three fundraising events.

The Tiny Tim Gala and the Festival of Trees were the first two, held on Friday night.

In total all three events raised about $90,000 this year.