The Junior Women’s Club of Fairfield would like to wish the Fairfield community a very happy new year — and take the opportunity to thank our Fairfield friends for their support and generosity for the club’s 30th annual holiday fundraiser, “A Visit to Santa’s House.”

Proceeds from this beloved Fairfield tradition held on Dec. 12 and 13 will be donated to the club’s 2015 charitable partner, Alpha Community Services YMCA, a branch of the Central Connecticut Coast YMCA which provides a range of housing opportunities and support services for those in need.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank the Fairfield community for its help to make this holiday children’s event come to life year after year. We could never have hosted such a successful event without the support of the entire community, starting with our young visitors and their families who attended to enjoy the many holiday activities at Santa’s House!

These activities were made possible by the generous donations of all our sponsors, especially our Presenting and House Sponsors, Newman’s Own and the Wyman Family, and our talented and creative Room and Design Sponsors: R.C. Bigelow, Black Iron Group, Carmody, Torrance, Sandak & Hennessey, Chloe’s Closet, Covino Home Design, Dapper n Diva Dogs, Flash Pointe Dance, Giant Steps, Hobbytown USA, Keri McKay Interiors, National Charity League, Saugatuck Sweets and Dr. Salvatore Pizzino, DDS & Associates. Special thanks as well to our media sponsors — Fairfield Magazine, News 12, WICC/WEBE 108 and SuzySaid.com — for helping us publicize the event.

Santa’s House is held during the “season of giving” and our members saw that giving first-hand as we were overwhelmed by the generosity of so many local businesses that contributed prizes to our raffles! We also appreciate the organizations that volunteered their time and talents to entertain our visitors throughout the two-day event in the Entertainment Room. These acts were terrific!

This event took many volunteers to pull off! Thank you to our terrific teams of Santa’s helpers from the American Red Cross, Fairfield University’s Men’s Lacrosse Team, SASO, Two Men and a Truck and Wakeman’s Keystone and Torch clubs. These groups, in addition to friends and neighbors who volunteered, enabled us to provide a wonderful Santa’s House experience to all our visitors. And we mustn’t overlook our families (especially our husbands!) and friends who helped with the heavy lifting and endured our absences as we prepared for the event. It was well worth it!

The spirit of giving is alive and well in Fairfield and the Junior Women’s Club is proud to be part of this wonderful community! In 2015, the club celebrated its 50th anniversary of service and we look forward to continuing our community service for 50 more years! We wish you a very Happy New Year!

Cheryl Eustace and Jennifer Hinkle

Santa’s House co-chairwomen

Junior Women’s Club of Fairfield