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December 3, 2013 > SantaCon to benefit Hayward Animal Shelter

SantaCon to benefit Hayward Animal Shelter

Submitted By Helen Kennedy

Following the success of HaywardÕs first ÒSantaConÓ in 2012, the event is back by popular demand as a fundraiser for the Hayward Animal Shelter and to support and promote Downtown Hayward businesses. ÒSantaCon Hayward 2013Ó is scheduled for Saturday, December 7.

Started in Copenhagen in 1974, ÒSantaConÓ is now a worldwide phenomenon with annual, public, mass gatherings of people dressed as Santa Claus. Akin to a flash mob, the focus is on fun, festive cheer, and goodwill. More than 300 locations in 41 countries will host a ÒSantaConÓ event in 2013.

HaywardÕs is the only ÒSantaConÓ in Alameda County. In 2012, a small group of friends, inspired by ÒSantaConÓ events elsewhere, decided to don Santa costumes and meet for a holiday celebration. Word spread and friends of friends asked if they could join them.

Not only is SantaCon good fun, it has raised significant funds for worthy causes. ÒSantaCon New York 2011Ó raised $10,000 for Toys for Tots and donated more than 6,000 pounds of food to Manhattan and Brooklyn food banks. In 2012, 60 venues that participated in ÒNYC SantaConÓ donated $45,000 to the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation and City Harvest received approximately 6,850 pounds of canned food.

Forty people from throughout the East Bay attended the impromptu ÒSantaCon Hayward 2012Ó and raised $250 for the Hayward Animal Shelter. Twice as many attendees are expected this year, on December 7. Official ÒSanta StopsÓ include the World Famous Turf Club, DocÕs Wine Shop, The Bistro, and B Street Bar & Grill. These establishmentsÕ donations and the generous support of F.U.N. Sunset Rotary Club, Alta Vista Veterinary Clinic, and On Time Signs already exceed what was raised in 2012; so far, $1,000 has been received.

Attendees can enter the Best Santa/Ms. Santa Suit Contest for prizes. For more details, visit www.SantaCon.info/Hayward-CA, find us on Facebook at ÒSantaConHaywardÓ or call (510) 886-2662.

The Hayward Animal Shelter is at 16 Barnes Court, Hayward, and open Tuesday through Saturday from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m. For holiday hours, call (510) 293-7200. Donations are appreciated and adoptions take place throughout the year. www.HaywardAnimals.org.

SantaCon Hayward
Saturday, Dec 7
6 p.m. - 11 p.m.
Begin at World Famous Turf Club
22519 Main St, Hayward
(510) 886-2662
www.SantaCon.info/Hayward-CA

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