ASHEBORO – Christmas came a little early this year in Asheboro.
The first “A Copperheads Christmas” was held Tuesday night at McCray Park and featured games, face painting, a station for making ornaments, S’Mores and visits from Fang, The Grinch and Buddy The Elf. Of course, Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without Santa Claus and Saint Nick was at McCrary Park to hear the wish lists from all the girls and boys who attended.
McCrary Park was decorated with Christmas lights and the band from Uwharrie Ridge 6-12 played Christmas Carols as children hustled from one game to another attempting to win prizes for games including Candy Cane Ring Toss, Rooftop Drop and Feed Santa Cookies. There was also cornhole available and a bowling game where kids tried to knock down as many plastic Christmas trees as possible, which acted as the pins.
The event, which was sponsored by the Asheboro Copperheads, The Asheboro Kiwanis Club and Premiere Pediatrics, was a benefit for the Christian United Outreach Center and Toys For Tots. Admission was one canned food item to be donated to the CUOC and those who brought a toy for Toys For Tots were entered in a drawing to win prizes. More than three boxes of toys were collected.
“I wanted to thank our sponsors for helping us put on this special event for the first time,” Copperheads General Manager and Head Coach Keith Ritsche said. “I want to thank all those who came out, including our many Copperheads supporters. We look forward to holding more events and look forward to the new season beginning.”
Members of the Asheboro High School Key Club volunteered and manned the games and S’More stations and Rebecca Craven provided the face painting.
“I had a lot of fun and I sure hope the kids who came out did as well,” Copperheads General Manager Dennis Garcia said.” Keith Ritsche and Hannah Williams (Director of Marketing and Social Media) worked really hard to decorate the stadium and I want to thank the Asheboro Key Club, the band from Uwharrie Ridge 6-12 for providing beautiful Christmas music and everyone else who played a part in this first event. We were able to donate plenty of canned food to the CUOC and because of the generosity of those who attended, there were plenty of donated toys as well.”
“I am so thrilled with the way everything turned out for it being our first year planning the event,” WIlliams said. “Not only was it tons of fun for the kids, but it also gave us the opportunity to give back to our community in more ways than one. I am so humbled by the amount of support and encouragement we are receiving from the Copperhead community and can’t wait to make this event bigger and better for years to come.”