Walking through Santa's Workshop with SBA Alumnae

SBA Alumae Association baskets

COVID does not have the upper hand on the St. Benedict Academy Alumnae Association. When the annual Christmas party, the Association's biggest and most popular event, had to be cancelled because of COVID, some creative alumnae took to heart these words of the school song, "To make the best of everything, Meet troubles with a smile" and came up with a safe and creative alternative: "Walking through Santa's Workshop."

A key piece of the Christmas Party is the basket raffle--so co-coordinators Darlene Kerstetter '82, and Val Purzycki, '88, organized a basket raffle minus the party. "We got all the classes involved in making the gift baskets as they always do," Darlene explained. "And then we had a walk-through so guests can put tickets on the baskets they'd like to win."

Val, who works at the Polish Falcons, secured the club's banquet room and oversaw all the safety regulations. "The Polish Falcons donated the space--and a gift basket and gift certificate as well. We set it up so that no more than 20 people were in the hall at one time," said Val. "Guests walked through, dropped in their tickets, picked up a bag of goodies and then walked out."

In the five hours that the "Walking through Santa's Workshop" was open about 225 people walked through, many of them placing tickets for classmates who were unable to attend. There were a total of 63 baskets in the display.

These are the classes who donated items and/or baskets for the event: 1956, 1961, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1972, 1974, 1976, 1980 and 1988.

The SBA Alumnae Association Board of Directors volunteered during the afternoon. In addition to the basket raffle, guests had the option of playing instant lottery. The event raised more than $4,000 to benefit inner-city ministries of the Benedictine Sisters of Erie.

"I have had the pleasure of working with these women these past few years and find them to be truly good people who are proud of their Benedictine heritage and true to the spirit of Saint Benedict Academy," said Ann Comstock, '64 long-time SBA Alumnae Association coordinator. "They are a great crew who once again did a GREAT JOB. Well done, ladies." Thank you.—LR

Sue and Courtney sell tickets
Sue and Courtney sell tickets
Katie and Cheryl waiting for guests
Katie and Cheryl waiting for guests
Cookie bags
Cookie bags
and cup cake boxes
and cup cake boxes
Thank you!
Thank you!