Thursday night (December 4) was the annual Tase of Santee at the Union Bank of California. This two decade old event is a major fund and resource raiser for Santee Santas, a group that provides help to needy families in the community. As you can see above, a good crowd showed up for the evening (that’s Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Warren Savage playing paparazzi). As always there was lots of food, good music, and fun. I want to share some of that fun, as well as thank as many of the individuals and companies involved for their efforts.
Santee Santas is a group that has been around since 1953 and was created to help support struggling families in the Santee community. Some of the activities they are involved in are a Holiday Toy and Food Drive, Senior Outreach, and Secret Santas. This wonderful group is always looking for volunteers to help with their activities, as well as financial support. You can contact them through their website (link above) or by calling 619-258-5947.
Santee Santas Board of Directors Presents Plaque to Santee Chamber of Commerce for their Continued Support
(L-R) Kathy Novotny, Patty White, Donna “Molly” Quinton (President), Dawn Ringheimer, Barb Leetch, Warren Savage (Chamber Executive Director) [Not pictured: Marie Gregory]
The Chamber of Commerce has been a big supporter of the Santee Santas as well as local businesses and the entire Santee community for years. The Chamber has been involved on the local scene since 1955, which makes it the younger sibling to the Santee Santas – but they have worked well together for years. The Taste of Santee event is over 20 years old and is a major event for the Chamber, along with their annual Installation Dinner, the Miss Santee competition, and many business Grand Openings. For more information about the Chamber, or to contact them about business advice, click the link above or call 619-449-6572.
Incoming Chamber President Rob McNelis prepares to introduce attending dignitaries
(L-R) Warren Savage, Rob McNelis, Jana Bradley (Union Bank VP and Branch Manager)
A huge “Thank You” must go to the Union Bank of California branch which has hosted the annual Taste of Santee for several years now. Jana Bradley, Vice President and Branch Manager, was a most gracious host, closing the bank early in order to prepare for the big event and providing all of the support services needed. Just an example of one of the many businesses that help make Santee special.
Jana Bradley (Center-left) and some of her UBC staff
Also on hand for the event were members of the Santee City Council, including Mayor Randy Voepel and Councilmembers John Minto and Brian Jones. Mr. Jones had to leave early, but Mayor Voepel and Mr. Minto both spoke of the good works of Santee Santas and the success of Santee as a city. And stay tuned for some big news from the City Council about Santee.
City Councilmember John Minto and Mayor Randy Voepel
A number of Santee businesses were also involved in making this evening a success. Rather than try to list them all, I will let this picture do the talking.
And of course, no big event would be complete without entertainment. Once again, for the 17th year, the Honky Tonk Kings provided the toe-tapping and foot-stomping music. This is a great group that always goes the extra mile for Santee. Be sure to check them out at the Renegade Bar on December 6 and 31, or check out their MySpace site for updates and music.
Honky Tonk Kings in Action
And there was dancing in the lobby
But the most important part of the night was all of the toys and food collected for needy Santee families. Thank you again, Santee, for coming through.