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Season of giving starts with luncheon

November 01. 2013 10:45PM

MANCHESTER — Tickets are now available for the annual luncheon that kicks off The Union Leader Santa Fund for the Salvation Army.

The Santa Fund assists needy families during the holidays. The luncheon on Friday, Nov. 22, in the Armory at the Radisson Hotel, offers an opportunity to support the Santa Fund.

Mike Morin, who co-hosts "New Hampshire in the Morning" on WZID 95.7. will be the master of ceremonies at the luncheon. Morin also hosted last year's luncheon, which was on the same day Hostess Brands Inc., the makers of Twinkies, announced it was going out of business. Sensing Twinkies would quickly become collector's items, Morin brought a box with him and raised $1,000 for the Santa Fund. He persuaded Mayor Ted Gatsas to pay $30 for the box and inspired Gatsas to auction off the individual snack cakes for $100 each.

Attendees will have an opportunity to do some early Christmas shopping at the luncheon as there will again be a silent auction of a wide range of gift baskets assembled by individuals, businesses and organizations.

Keystone Press will have for sale its 2014 Manchester Yesterday and Today calendar, featuring city photos. This will be the 28th edition of the calendar.

Also for sale will be a book by Union Leader reporter Mark Hayward. "The Christmas Coin" is about how an early present almost ruined the holiday for a youth and is illustrated by youngsters from the Salvation Army Kids Cafe.

The program begins at noon, but those interested in the gift baskets are welcome to begin viewing them and placing bids starting at 11 a.m.

Luncheon tickets are $35 each or $325 for a table of 10. Reservations are requested by Nov. 15.

For more information, contact Shannon Sullivan, community relations manager, at 603-206-7833, or Program book ads are also available.

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