The Showmen's League of America will be hosting its annual Christmas Party on December 7, 2019 at Hanson Park Elementary School in Chicago. On December 6, the SLA will be hosting a gathering at their national headquarters in Chicago to help prepare for the party. The SLA Christmas Party has been an annual tradition since 1946. Below is some additional information on the party from the SLA:
Did You Know, in November of 1946, Brother Nat Green suggested that the SLA host a Christmas Party for underprivileged children. The members talked to the Ulrich Home, an orphanage in Chicago and arrangements were made for Christmas Eve at one of the banquet rooms in the Sherman Hotel. Buses were arranged for and before they knew it, donations of $560.00, 2 clowns and 10 turkeys had come in to the League Office. This was the beginning of the wonderful tradition that The Showmen's League of America hosts each year for mentally and physically challenged and underprivileged children.
Did You Know that in 1946 we entertained 250 children at the Christmas Party and last year, in 2016, we were proud to entertain over 1,000 children. In addition to live performance entertainment we provide each child with toys, cotton candy and popcorn. Over the years children from orphanages, low income boys and girls clubs, Mt. Olivet Home for children with special needs and Chicago area schools that specialized in challenged children have been entertained by the League at the holiday season.