For those people not yet engaged in the holiday spirit, the Marinette-Menominee Area Chamber of Commerce’s Young Professionals organization has a great idea for lethargic souls. And it is wrapped in fun and giving.
The acronym for this group is WAVE — Welcome, Attract, Value, Engage. Its purpose is to attract, welcome and retain young professionals to the Marinette and Menominee area. WAVE does this through community service, development and social networking. They are always looking for fresh opportunities for their members.
Vincent C. Baron, a local financial adviser, came up with a new idea unheard of in this neck of the woods. His pipe dream flourished after attending a Young Professionals Conference in Milwaukee this fall. The conference was hosted by social architect firm NEWWaukee. The main thrust of the conclave was to focus on what young professionals are seeking in their careers, friendships and communities, and what they can do to attract, engage and retain in the next generation.
One of the ideas flowing from the conference was the area’s first SantaCon pub crawl, which is scheduled for Friday evening beginning at 5 o’clock. The event is open to non-WAVE members as well as those who are WAVE members.
SantaCon is a charitable, non-commercial, non-political, nonsensical Santa Claus convention: An event that happens only once a year with a goal of spreading “absurdist joy.”
The pub crawl will take participants to three different establishments. It is a holiday-themed mobile party where participants can expect discounts on drinks and appetizers. Free food will be offered.
To add more fun to the event, participants are encouraged to dress in Santa Claus attire, complete with a Santa hat, ugly-looking sweaters and other winter holiday garb found in stores, closets, attics and other places where such attire can be located.
And now for the charity part of this show. Those partaking in the introductory evening of fun can pluck a name off a “Project Give Tree of Lights” located at various business establishments. Those who don’t pull a name off the tree can simply donate $10 to the cause and help make some child happy at Christmas.
Would you believe that the names of 312 children are registered for the special holiday tree?
Sounds like a lot of fun to us. And the most important part of the evening will be the fact that some kids will be left with smiles on their face on Christmas morning.
Here’s a toast to WAVE and the SantaCon pub crawl.