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December 19, 2013


The 57th Annual Archbishop's Christmas Benefit for Children will host 400 young people who receive services from over a dozen programs administered by Catholic Social Services of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. They represent approximately 16,000 children across the Delaware Valley who benefited from residential and community-based programs offered by Catholic Social Services this year, including children with disabilities, at-risk children, and dependent or court-adjudicated youth.

The theme for this year's Archbishop's Christmas Benefit for Children is "Charlie Brown Christmas." The Catholic Community Choir will sing songs from A Charlie Brown Christmas and act out portions of the book. Archdiocesan high school students will participate in this year's event by serving as Santa's elves and distributing presents.

Thursday, December 19, 2013
2:00 p.m.
Sheraton Philadelphia Center City Hotel
17th Street between Race and Vine Streets
Philadelphia, PA 19103

1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Saint Charles Borromeo Parish Choir sings carols in the lobby and the All Catholic Jazz Band performs as children enter ballroom
2:00 p.m. Spirit Dancers from DePaul School enter ballroom along with Kamal Bostic-Smith, Assistant Director at St. Martin de Porres OST Middle School Program, who will be singing
2:15 p.m. Catholic Community Choir performs
3:00 p.m. Santa arrives to greet the children
3:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. Santa and his elves distribute gifts

More than just a one-time party for a few hundred children, the Archbishop's Christmas Benefit for Children raises funds to support programs of Catholic Social Services that daily serve children throughout the year. Catholic Social Services assists more than 162,000 children, adults and families of all faiths throughout the five-county area of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.

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Editor's Note: For more information or to make a donation in support of the Archbishop's Christmas Benefit for Children, please visit

Stephanie Brophy
Associate Director of Communications

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