December 14, 2011
For Immediate Release:
For further information, contact:
Brad Phillips – Director of Marketing
Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards
HAZLITT 1852 VINEYARDS 15TH ANNUAL SENECA SANTA CHARITY RAISES $23,766 FOR THE REGION’S UNDERPRIVILEGED CHILDREN
Hector, NY (Saturday December 10th, 2011)
--The 15th Annual Seneca Santa fundraiser event at Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards was an unprecedented success, generating $23,766 to benefit the underprivileged children of Schuyler County. The event took place at Hazlitt Winery on Saturday afternoon from Noon until five with over 450 people attending. Local businesses and individuals offered donations of cash,as well as goods and services which were auctioned and raffled to generate money for the charity. The money raised was given to Seneca Santa of Schuyler County assuring that children in need will have gifts and a snack on Christmas morning.
“We decided not to saddle people with a specific monetary goal for the event,” said Brad Phillips, Director of Marketing for Hazlitt’s. In an era where some have seen difficult times with their business and personal finances, we simply asked supporters to open their hearts and give as they’re able. The selfless benevolence of these business owners and benefactors is remarkable,” added Phillips. “It’s a real testament to the power of hope and the spirit of our community”About Seneca Santa
*Seneca Santa, a not for profit corporation, was founded by a group of Watkins Glen businessmen in the 1940’s to provide Christmas gifts for Schuyler County’s underprivileged children birth to age twelve. In 2009 the organization will be serving over 400 children of families in the county. Seneca Santa will accept donations of money, hats, mittens, coloring books & crayons, family board games and children’s books. Seneca Santa depends exclusively on community support to fund its charitable efforts. Monies raised are used to provide an age appropriate toy along with fruit, holiday snacks as well as the gifts previously mentioned. The event at Hazlitt’s has raised over $175,000 during its 15-year run. For additional information contact the winery at 607-546-9463.