Here in the Kenosha area there are few honors greater than being asked to be a Goodfellow.
For the business and professional community, it's somewhat of a rite of passage.
For a young person with growing responsibilities, the invitation is an acknowledgement that your success is being acknowledged and it's time to join the table of whose who believe it's appropriate to return some of that success to the less fortunate of the community.
Who are the Goodfellows?
The legal title is Kenosha Christmas Charities but it's a decades old consortium of the community's business and professional leaders founded by Kenosha Evening News publisher Ralph Kingsley who come together annually to bring holiday cheer and sustenance to those in need.
Ralph Kingsley sold the newspaper some 45 years ago to Howard J. Brown and today the Kenosha News is no longer an evening publication. But the Goodfellows remains an annual constant.
The modern day Goodfellows collaborate with community agencies to provide help and cheer to 3,000 children. The Goodfellows is the primary financial supporter of "Holiday House," a consortium of community agencies to make food, toys and winter clothing available to Kenosha County's disadvantaged families. In 2007-2008, Kenosha Christmas Charities will provide up to $100,000 in Holiday House funding.
The major fundraiser is the annual Goodfellows dinner and auction which this year is on Tuesday, December 4, 2007 at 5:00 p.m. at Marina Shores.
But you don't need to be at the dinner to participate. A contribution in any amount is always appreciated. Further information can be obtained by clicking here.
I'll be sending my check to the Goodfellows this week. It would be great if you could do the same. I consider it a privilege to do so and hope you will feel the same.
And, as Howard Brown says, "Be of good cheer."