Blue Santa in Austin benefits the children of the area that won’t have a Christmas as nice as most…..if they have a Christmas at all!
Of all the charities helping people at this time of year…..this is the one that speaks to my heart. In fact, this year, this is my Christmas shopping except for my immediate family. I really wanted to be at the breakfast and I’m lucky to have a boss that supports us when it comes to the things in our lives that are important. (Thanks, Boss!!!)
The Broken Spoke has been hosting the breakfast for several years. The only problem is that the club is so large and there is so much going on, I’m always in the wrong place to get good pictures. In fact, this year I only got 4 snapshots. But, I’m not complaining!! All the wonderful people that came together for the cause raised over $83,000!! And, one company had their own fund raisers and brought a trailer full of $11,000 worth of toys!
After this morning, I’m finally in the Christmas Spirit!!
Bob Cole & Michelle from KVET Radio hosted and interviewed all morning
I was almost too far away for this picture of Doug Moreland. He told me later the song he was doing was written by another good friend of ours, Billy Applegate!
This is KVET’s Michelle interviewing Roy. He and Ted host an open mic night every Thursday at Giddy Ups and all the tips go are saved during the year and given to Blue Santa. This year, they raised $1,500!! Way to go guys! And, thanks to Nancy (Giddy Ups owner) for supporting them!
Two & a half years ago, Brent Allen pulled together one of the best shows we’ve ever attended. NOW, he’s just released his album and is well on his way to being our next star!
Last year at the Blue Santa Breakfast, I wanted to get a picture of Bob Cole and Sammy Alred from KVET. But, I waited til just before leaving and the battery in my camera had died. THIS year, they were the 1st ones I asked for a picture!! Thanks guys, for helping with Blue Santa……and for the picture!
Bob & Sammy
Pauline Reese was on stage when I arrived.
Here’s Janice Williams from KVET and our very own Roy of the ‘Ted & Roy Open Mic Nite’ at Giddy Ups. No one gets any tips on open mic night because anything that’s collected gets donated to Blue Santa to help make sure every child has a very Merry Christmas.
Of course, The Kyle Sisters did some wonderful harmony on their Christmas songs.
Glen Collins was in the audience.
Doug Moreland was sweet enough to let me get a couple of pictures.
And what would the Blue Santa Breakfast be without Blue Santa? And, of course, Mr. James White, the gracious host of The Broken Spoke!
Troy Kimmel was interviewing Janice Williams? Hmmmmmm
KVET Radio in Austin, TX, hosts a breakfast every Christmas as a kick-off for the Blue Santa Toy Drive. I’d always wanted to go, but it just didn’t work out. This year, I asked my boss if I could come in a couple of hours late and attend. Bless his heart…..he said ‘yes’!! 🙂
Now you would think that someone that takes as many pictures as I do…..that had been looking forward to this event since it was announced….would be prepared. Well…..you would be wrong! Seems I’d forgotten to charge my camera battery and after just 13 pictures, the camera died! I had to charge it before I could even upload the pictures to see what I had gotten!
I promise……next year I’ll do better!!
Bob Cole and Sammy Allred of KVET’s Sam & Bob morning show did a live broadcast. That’s Doug Moreland talking with them. He donated one of his chain saw carvings. Wish my bid had gotten it! 🙂
Kevin tuning that guitar getting ready
Even though Kevin did just two songs, it was nice to actually get close enough to take a good picture. We’re soooooo happy for his success!
Pauline Reese stepped up and helped with harmony.
Francis Ann & David Kyle
There is a story with this picture. I’d snapped it as I was getting ready to leave. Bob was ‘on the air’ but motioned that if I’d wait I could take a picture of the two of them without the microphone. That’s when the camera died! Thanks anyway, Bob, I’ll get that picture next year!