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Tickets are on sale for Santa Fund fundraiser luncheon set for Nov. 16

MANCHESTER - The annual Santa Fund lunch for the Salvation Army, Nov. 16, at the Radisson Hotel, is the kickoff for the project that enables hundreds of children to experience the wonder of Christmas through toys and special holiday meals.

The New Hampshire Union Leader Santa Fund for the Salvation Army also provides warm clothing for children, holiday meals for seniors, small gifts for people in nursing homes, and a week away at camp in the summer for youngsters.

Those who attend the luncheon will have an opportunity to get a headstart on their own Christmas shopping thanks to a silent auction on numerous gift baskets from companies, organizations and groups. Bidding is usually spirited on the baskets filled with items based on a theme. Previous year's baskets included a home movie night with movies, candy and popcorn, and a ski basket including lift tickets, hot chocolate and hand warmers, and an Italian dinner basket that included all the necessary ingredients.

The doors open at 11 a.m. so people can begin bidding, and the program will begin at noon sharp.

This year's program will provide an opportunity to meet the new lieutenants, Herb and Miriam Rader, and see a video put together by Herb Rader.

The Raders were posted to the Manchester Corps in August, coming from New London, Conn.

Gov. John Lynch and Mayor Ted Gatsas will be among the speakers, who will also include a person who has benefitted from the Santa Fund and the services of the Salvation Army.

For more than 50 years, the Union Leader Santa Fund for the Salvation Army has depended on the generosity of the public in order to help those in need. There is never a goal set.

For tickets, $35 per person or $325 for a table of 10, call Shannon Sullivan, community relations manager at 206-7833, or email at

Or go online to to purchase tickets by Nov. 7.


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