WALLINGFORD — Dozens of residents dressed as Santa Claus as they visited bars and restaurants around town Saturday during the 4th annual SantaCon event.
Santa’s route led through various establishments and featured raffle prizes at each stop. After paying a $5 registration fee and receiving a wristband, participants could walk to any of the six bars and restaurants participating to enjoy specialty drinks and enter a raffle.
“Everything goes to SCOW,” said Michele Stocking, co-organizer.
Adrianna Rodriguez, interim executive director of the Spanish Community of Wallingford, said she was excited that the organization could participate in a nationwide tradition.
“We’re very excited and very appreciative and grateful that we were chosen as the agency that would receive the proceeds,” Rodriguez said.
April Ryczak, co-organizer, said in addition to raffles guests participated in the first ever “Elfie Selfie” scavenger hunt during the event.
“There are hints and you have to find the objects at each location, you take your picture with that object,” she said.
Ryczak said participants could take photos with each item and submit the photos online to win a grand prize, a bottle of Grey Goose Vodka and shot glasses.
Guests visited Gaetano’s, Hard Hat II, Los Mariachi’s, Chris’s, Grand Central, and Lenny’s. Each stop had a raffle drawing and clues for the scavenger hunt. Members of SCOW also participated in the event.
Jeffrey Necio, chairman of the SCOW board of directors, said the proceeds of the event will help SCOW to continue to provide services and programs to “the Hispanic community and the greater community of Wallingford.”
“We were excited that SantaCon recognized the impact that we have in the community and the benefit that SCOW brings,” Necio said.
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