Santa Mike Holiday Party Celebrates 40th Year of Bringing Joy and Cheer to St. Vincent de Paul Center Kids
CHICAGO, IL — On Friday, December 10, 2010, St. Vincent de Paul Center celebrated the 40th year anniversary of Santa Mike’s Holiday Party. Named after Mike Sturch, a former trader at the Chicago Board of Trade, “Santa Mike” and Friends gave a present to each of the 430 children, ages 3 months to 13 years, at the Center.
The “Santa Mike” tradition began forty years ago when Mike Sturch drove past the Center, noticed that some children did not have coats, and decided to help. Mike returned to the trading floor and called the administrator at the time, a Daughter of Charity. Thinking he was at a pub due to the noise in the background, Sister Andrea Vaughn told him that if he was serious, he should come down and meet with her in person. Mike visited the Center, asked his friends and family to help him, and the tradition of giving a present to each child at the Center was born. Since then, Santa Mike and Friends have donated over 16,000 gifts to children at St. Vincent’s.
“The good will and feeling you get from being here is like nothing else you will ever experience. Here I have learned many of life’s lessons and want to do everything we can to help the working poor in Chicago,” said Mike Sturch.
“For some of our children, this might be the only present they will receive this Christmas,” noted Carrie Callas, Executive Director of St. Vincent de Paul Center. “It’s a very special time at the Center.”
For more information or to request a photo of Santa Mike’s Holiday Party, contact Melissa Triveline at (312) 278-4220.
For more information contact:
Melissa Triveline, Marketing and Media Relations Manager
St. Vincent de Paul Center
2145 N. Halsted St.
Chicago, IL 60614