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December 19, 2000


Anthony Cardinal Bevilacqua, Archbishop of Philadelphia, will host the 45TH annual Cardinal's Christmas Party for approximately 400 children of different races, ages and creeds. All of the children who attend the party are served through various programs of Catholic Social Services. The party will begin with a colorful parade, followed by presents and entertainment.

Wednesday, December 20, 2000
2:30 p.m.
Wyndham Franklin Plaza Hotel
17th Street between Vine and Race Streets

Cardinal Bevilacqua will lead a parade of marching bands, clowns and jugglers into the ballroom at 2:30 p.m. At 2:40 p.m. there will be speeches by Cardinal Bevilacqua, Rev. Msgr. Timothy C. Senior, Secretary for Catholic Human Services and The Honorable John Street, Mayor of the City of Philadelphia. There will be a short play at 2:50 p.m. followed by the arrival of Santa Claus and the distribution of gifts at 3:00 p.m.

The Cardinal's Christmas Party for Children raises funds to support the programs of Catholic Social Services, which is the largest private non-profit social service agency in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Catholic Social Services assists more than 135,000 children, adults and families throughout the five-county area of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.

As in past years, the Wyndham Franklin Plaza Hotel will generously provide its services for this annual event. Daniel Polett, owner and president of Wilkie Chevrolet Buick Subaru, is the event chairperson for the seventh year.

The entertainment will be provided by students from Roman Catholic High School for Boys, John W. Hallahan Catholic Girls' High School, Cardinal O'Hara High School, Bishop Shanahan High School, Archbishop Ryan High School, Archbishop John Carroll High School, Conwell-Egan Catholic High School, Archbishop Wood Catholic High School and Saint Joseph's Preparatory School.

Donna Crilley
Broadcast and Media Specialist

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