Breakfast with Santa raises funds for SDHS baseball team

Event organizers of Soddy-Daisy High School’s Breakfast with Santa and Christmas Market Shopping say this year’s event is bigger than ever.

Scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 7 from 8-11 a.m. at SDHS, the fourth annual breakfast benefits the school’s 30-member baseball team, said SDHS Baseball Boosters treasurer Cyndie Rogers.

It also includes 50 vendors — up from less than 20 participating vendors in previous years, thanks to help from fellow baseball mom Becky Cooke, who has been spending her days making connections with vendors and getting the word out about the event, said Rogers.

“It’s a fun event, especially for the younger kids who get to have their picture made with Santa,” she said. “And the vendors are awesome; from jewelry to handmade products — you name it.”

The fundraiser has become a community event, Rogers added. A hearty breakfast consisting of pancakes, sausage, biscuits and gravy, coffee and juice is being served by the owner of the local Huddle House. Kids can get a 4-by-6-inch picture made with Santa, courtesy of local photographer Dawn Thornton.

The money raised annually from vendor booth sales and ticket sales goes toward funding the yearly expenses of the baseball team, which amounts to $25,000, said Rogers. The need for a new gator, or garden tractor used for field maintenance, has added an additional $6,000 to that amount, she noted.

“It’s a worthy fundraiser,” said Rogers, who has two sons who have either have gone through the SDHS baseball program or are currently in it. Her eldest son got a scholarship to play baseball with Cleveland State. “[Baseball] builds a work ethic in them as individuals. It exposes them to teamwork, and for my older one, it gave him an opportunity to go to college.”

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