Nothing says KC Local like the famous annual Ugly Christmas Sweater Party. The Ugly Christmas Sweater Party is both a volunteer-driven annual holiday party and an official day celebrated by Kansas Citians. Mayor Sly James declared December 11, 2015 ‘Ugly Christmas Sweater Party Day’ in Kansas City, Missouri. This has been created to support Operation Breakthrough in it’s mission to aid children living in poverty in Kansas City’s urban core and to encourage local residents, organizations and businesses to donate food, toys, money, time, and cheer during this holiday season.
What started out as a house party in Brookside, has now become so much more. Since outgrowing the house in Brookside, the elves behind Kansas City’s Ugly Christmas Sweater Party have given their partying a purpose and moved it to Tower Tavern in Martini Corner. The team has made this annual event a way to celebrate the holiday while raising funds for Kansas City’s Operation Breakthrough. Since moving to Tower Tavern, the party has raised nearly $150,000 for Operation Breakthrough and are hoping to grow that number this year.
All party goers are expected to dress in their ugliest Christmas sweater or Christmas costume and if you don’t have a Christmas sweater you can rent one at the party starting at $10.00. Their steering committee of 22 volunteers has really outdone themselves to host a great event this Friday. GA party goers can expect live music from DJ Alex Reed, an ice luge, costume contest, photo booth and an open bar with beer and alcohol (premium drinks extra). The VIP ticket holders can expect added perks of 1 hour early admittance, cupcakes from Kansas City Cupcake Co, appetizers and specialty martinis from The Drop Bistro, VIP room and Tito’s vodka.
If you can’t attend the party there are still ways to get involved:
- Purchase Charlie Hustle’s new ‘Don’t Stop Believin’ shirt — portion of profits benefit Operation Breakthrough!
- Make a donation to Operation Breakthrough. $10 will buy a book for the Operation Breakthrough library. $20 will buy new shoes for a child. $50 will buy groceries for a family of 4. $85 will pay for a complete physical for an uninsured child. $100 will buy a pair of eyeglasses. $150 will cover care for an infant for a week. $500 will pay for a field trip for 50 children to a museum or theater performance. $1,000 will cover 80 hours of individual therapy for a child suffering from abuse or neglect.
- Donate supplies to Operation Breakthrough
- Organize at work an ‘Ugly Sweater Day’ in your own department/small group of friends
- Spread the word on social media
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*Party images by Brian Turner