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BREAKFAST WITH SANTA AT THE FESTIVAL OF GIVING The Christmas season starts early for Don Olson, the head chef of Soran Catering. It starts at 4 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 18, as he and his co-workers, including head caterer Kim Reagan, fire up the grills and ovens to cook breakfast for about 1,200 tiny tots attending the Magic Valley Festival of Giving’s annual Breakfast with Santa. Falls Brand link sausages go on the grills first, followed by a couple thousand eggs scrambled with shredded Jerome Cheese. The breakfast also includes Chobani Yogurt, Clif Bars, McDonald’s apples and Meadow Gold milk. donates their time and equipment to take free photos with Santa and the little ones during the breakfast. One of those who benefits from the event is CASA, or Court Appointed Special Advocates. The organization is among multiple nonprofits that receive the proceeds from the Festival. year’s was an Idaho-themed tree reflecting all of Idaho’s state parks. Each nonprofit receives the money from their sponsorship and sale of their tree in addition to a portion of the general fund. Last year, CASA received a little over $9,900 from the Festival. The money CASA receives helps the organization train volunteers to be a voice for kids in court. “It’s a wonderful thing, especially for our kids in foster care,” said Cathy Floyd, CASA’s board president. “Oftentimes, kids who are in the system don’t get as much attention during the holidays. It’s too bad because it’s not their fault they’re in the system. So this makes sure that they get to experience some of the seasonal joy.” Most who support the Festival have similar views to “The organizers approached us those of Falls and asked if we could cook for Brand and Soran a thousand people, and I said Catering. “We’re more than happy we do that all the time,” said to help out for a good cause,” said Olson, who presides over the catering business, Depot Grill John Howard, Falls Brand’s vice and the Turf Club. “The best way president of sales and marketing. I can describe that morning is “It’s such a festive event with ‘organized chaos.’ But you’d children singing, visiting Santa never know it’s chaos because and enjoying a healthy breakfast. we’ve have it down so well.” Plus, it’s so important to help the nonprofits at this time of year Breakfast with Santa is designed for the youngest members of CASA volunteers are appointed by because this is the time of year the Magic Valley community. courts to advocate for neglected their budgets are running out.” Held from 9 to 11 a.m., it’s free and abused children in eight “It’s a good cause, giving money with admission to the general counties in South-Central Idaho. back to local charities in our exhibition, which is $1, or a CASA currently has 274 children community,” said Don Olsen. “I’ve new unwrapped toy, or canned that it’s advocating for; it served got to give credit to the rest of the food items. 500 children during the last community—they put together calendar year. a tremendous amount of effort There’ll be live entertainment on to pull this thing off and we’re the stage and plenty of photo ops First Federal Bank sponsors with Santa. Music Magic Events CASA’s tree for the festival—last happy to be part of it.” General Exhibition Written By: Karen Bossick Admission $1.00 ~ or ~ a canned food item ~ or ~ a new, unwrapped toy Open to the public Nov. 18-20, 2017 Saturday 9am-5pm • Sunday 12pm-5pm • Monday 9am-5pm Breakfast with Santa (with admission) Saturday Nov. 18th 9am-11am Friday • Nov. 17 6pm th (Ticketed Event) Hot Breakfast Provided by: All Day Every Day Pictures with Princesses NEW Free Breakfast & Pictures with Santa Live Entertainment Sunday • Nov. 19th 1pm-3pm Saturday Nov. 18th 7pm (ticketed event) Tickets Available at Southern Idaho Landscape Center • Wine & Craft Beer Tastings • Auction • Hors d’oeuvres Senior Social Monday November 20th 10am-4pm Serving Cookies, Tea, Hot Cocoa, Coffee and Cider Free Ornaments to All Seniors. 100% of All Proceeds Benefit Local Nonprofit Organizations Detailed information at www.MagicValleyFestivalOfGiving.com Like us on Facebook for current updates! Located at: Southern Idaho Landscape Center • 21150 Highway 30 • Filer, Idaho • Call 326-2100 for more information

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