Messages from Mary

Uncle D’s Christmas Story

The History of Uncle D’s Christmas

It was late fall of 2009, we just enjoyed a meal with our good friends John and Keely. The night was filled with great conversations and laughs. As we continued our evening at SteveO’s in Fontana, we thought about how lucky we all were to have each other, our families, health, love, homes, food, vehicles and so much more. The problems that we faced in our lives could not hold a candle to the real problems others were facing on a daily basis. There are so many people who go without, or who struggle to obtain the basic needs of life, while we sat there feeling so blessed. The Christmas season was approaching and we thought, what a perfect time to give back to those less fortunate. That’s when we came up with the idea of an annual themed Christmas party.

We decided to hold the event where the idea came alive: SteveO’s in Fontana. People could join the party by bringing a non-perishable food item, unwrapped toys or a cash donation. All donations were distributed to the food pantries and Toys for Tots in our community. Costumes were encouraged and we had plenty of food, music and fun for all. After Dan passed away, we carried on this tradition of the party and designated it as “Uncle D’s Christmas”. SteveO’s graciously hosted our event for many years until the sad day the building was sold and taken down.

In 2016, Uncle D’s Christmas, and the Dan Green Foundation were offered a promising opportunity. We joined the Santa Cause Super Charity located in Williams Bay, Wisconsin. It consisted of a Christmas Tree Festival filled with items for raffle, a boat cruise showcasing Christmas displays and millions of lights, and dinner to follow at PIER 292. It transpired as a wonderful family event with lasting memories. We hope you can join us in the future and become part of the tradition. Proceeds raised from our event will still support our original goals the Food Pantry and Walworth County Health and Human Services Toy Drive. With increased ticket sales, we are also able to help Veterans of Walworth County and the Open Arms Free Medical Clinic.