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The Bakal Kids Band and the Mondano Brothers performing at the Christmas Party
on Dec. 7, 2014 at the Wisconsin Club of Milwaukee


Submitted By: Amy Schemenauer

"You better watch out, you better not cry, you better not pout, I’m telling you why….Santa Claus is coming to town”….Well, Santa Claus DID come to town on Sunday, December 7, 2014 to be exact.  He arrived by sleigh at the Wisconsin Country Club for FAAWIS’ annual Brunch with Santa.  This years’ Santa event was truly an extravaganza for our children….where they were treated to a myriad of crafts, games, gifts and most importantly a visit with and photo-op with Santa himself!  After arriving and registering, guests were immediately ushered directly to “Santa’s Workshop”, where they had a picture taken with the “Jolly old Elf”.  Photography was provided by Mr. Joel Singson and his lovely assistant, Pam. A photo with Santa was presented in a beautiful photo-folder, prepared by Dr. Violeta Singson.  Every family in attendance received this special keepsake, compliments of FAAWIS.  After pics were flashed, each child received an awesome gift from one of Santa’s helpers, Joyce Coury and Brian Schemenauer.

    From Santa’s Workshop, children were led, gifts in hand and smiles on their faces, to the abundant craft area, where they had the opportunity to create their very own Christmas stocking.  They also enjoyed Christmas-themed mini-coloring books, work/fun sheets and mini-boxes of crayons….all to keep them busy at the venue or to take home.

    When the expansive brunch buffet was ready to be served, children and parents alike had to be pried away from the craft area….they were enjoying creating their projects so much!  That bountiful feast included eggs, bacon, sausage, potato hash, pancakes, fresh fruit, juices, coffee, pastries and much more!!  While we ate, we were treated to some wonderful entertainment from some of our young people.  The PCCCF’s Munting Tinig Choir graced us by performing some favorite Christmas carols and a special dance number.  We were also thoroughly entertained by an amazing young band, led by the Mondano brothers, Lyle and Donn Rhyss and Tyler Mendoza.  Boy can those boys “jam”!  They brought the house down.

    Following the rousing entertainment, FAAWIS’ out-going Board members were honored by President, Joyce Coury, with a plaque of appreciation and a gift.  The new in-coming Board members were then announced and introduced to the community.  After the special presentations, the children were called forward again to play some favorite, high-energy games; Musical Chairs and Pass the Candy Cane.  Prizes were given to the winners and ALSO to all the participants!....which did wonders to soothe the tears of some of the children that got out of the games too quickly!

    Overall, FAAWIS’ Brunch with Santa for 2014 was a smashing success, thanks to the hard-working planning committee.  The venue, the Wisconsin Country Club, was a dream, a veritable Winter Wonderland….the Santa was jolly and perfect…the photos turned out beautifully….the crafts were a blast….the food was nothing short of scrumptious….the entertainment and games were invigorating….what more can be said and what more could be asked for? Thank you FAAWIS for providing our community and our children with a fun-filled day of enchanting wonderment.

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