Christmas Party With a Purpose to give Christmas Bureau a big boost

For Immediate Release Dec. 9, 2013


Mike McLaughlin, Communications Director
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TOPEKA, KAN. (Dec. 9, 2013) – With 450 families (as of Dec. 9) still hoping to be adopted, Friday’s (Dec. 13) Christmas Party With a Purpose aims to give the 2013 Christmas Bureau a big boost. Connie and Pat Michaelis are hosting the 15th annual party at 6 p.m. at Christ the King Church at 25th and Wannamaker.

Each guest is asked to bring $35 ($70 per couple). Hors d’oeuvres will be served while shopping teams are assigned and money distributed to each team depending on the size of their adoptee family. Part goers will then disburse for one hour to shop at local retailers before returning to the church to wrap and stack the gifts for delivery the next day. Afterward, dinner will be served.

To date, the group has adopted 36 households through the Christmas Bureau. More may added.

“The need has never been greater,” the couple said in a letter of invitation.

Party With a Purpose began in the couple’s home and took the place of having a regular cocktail or Christmas party. It has grown to the point that it is nearly maxed out at its location at Christ the King Church, Connie Michaelis said. Several hundred people now participate in the effort.

“We have spun off several groups,” Connie explained. “In order to grow, that may be what we have to do. We’d like to spin off others and help them get organized and teach them how to do it.”

What people won’t do themselves, they will do when they get two or three couples together she said.


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