Showmen's League of America Kicks off 2013 Centennial with Annual Christmas Party for Kids

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In advance of the 100-year celebration the Showmen's League will kick off festivities at their annual Christmas Party for Kids with Disabilities at Hanson Park School in Chicago.

Chris Atkins, 2013 President, said "The Christmas Party captures the spirit and comaraderie of the League at its best."

The Showmen’s League of America will be celebrating its Centennial Year in 2013. Christopher Atkins, League President for 2013, announced that the League’s Annual Christmas party for kids with special needs will kick off the year of celebration December 14, 2012 at Hanson Park Elementary School in Chicago.

The League was founded in Chicago, where it remains to this day, in 1913 with Buffalo Bill Cody serving as the first President. As a non-profit social/fraternal organization, the League has also made a special point of serving less fortunate children both in the Chicago area and beyond. Annually the League’s members host thousands of children at a variety of special days held in conjunction with fairs and festivals across North America. In Chicago the tradition began in November of 1946, when Brother Nat Green suggested that the SLA host a Christmas Party for underprivileged children. The members talked to the Ulrich Home, an orphanage in Chicago and arrangements were made for Christmas Eve at one of the banquet rooms in the Sherman Hotel. Since then the venue has changed, but the purpose remains the same; bring some fun to kids who otherwise might not be able to come to a fair to enjoy it themselves. Zoppe’s Family Circus provides the entertainment, while Showmen’s League members provide toys, popcorn and cotton candy for all the kids, entertaining thousands over the years. Chris gave special thanks to Party co-chairs Peter Kasin and Donnie Massie III along with their committee.

For more information, contact Executive Director Joe Burum at 319-290-4490 or 2013 President Chris Atkins at 561-427-8148.

Showmen's League of America, 1023 W. Fulton Market, Chicago, IL 60607

Contact: Joe Burum, Executive Director
JoeBurum(at)gmail(dot)com 319-290-4490

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