Some 500 area kids joined Archbishop Charles Chaput in wishing Jesus a happy birthday during the 64th annual Archbishop’s Benefit for Children Christmas Party.
The gathering, which took place on Dec. 19 at the Philadelphia 201 Hotel in Center City, featured a living Nativity, live music, gifts, dancing, and a large birthday cake for the infant Jesus.
(Related: Read CatholicPhilly.com’s feature article on the Archbishop’s Benefit for Children Christmas Party, which includes Facebook Live video from the event.)
The three-hour festivities capped what is actually a year-round fundraising effort, through which the Archbishop’s Benefit for Children works to help sustain a wide array of archdiocesan Catholic Social Service (CSS) initiatives. Among those served by CSS programs are children with disabilities, at-risk children and dependent or court-adjudicated youth.
(All photos by Sarah Webb.)
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