Better watch out! Better not pout! Better not cry I'm telling you why; Santa Clause has been coming to town this year more than ever. By Fire truck in Kenai and Soldotna and last week by Ford Pick-up as Santa arrived for the 1st Annual Santa comes to Stanley celebration at Stanley Ford in Kenai. "The kids started lining up this morning at 10:00am and by 1:30pm the line was still growing and we had to send our Stanley Elves out for more gifts and goodies for the kiddies," said Kimberlee Stocker, marketing director for Stanley Ford. Stocker said the turn-out was far greater than their expectations and they are already planning to make the annual event bigger and better next year. While Santa was the main attraction some visitors felt the community was also responding the successful month long sales event that Stanley Ford promoted to raise funds for the United Way Campaign for the Kenai Peninsula.
At the end of October Stanley Ford in Kenai and Stanley Chrysler in Soldotna presented the local United Way campaign with a $10,000 check and announced that they would contribute an additional $300 for every car sold during the month of November. At last weeks Kenai Chamber of Commerce luncheon Kimberlee Stocker and Travis Davidson of Stanley Chrysler presented an additional check for $27,900 to United Way Campaign Chair Peter Micciche and his board members. "We were just thrilled to have pushed our total to $37,900 to United Way," commented Stocker, "We just want to give back to the community that comes in and supports us, we love the community on the Peninsula and giving back is what United Way is all about."
"We are amazed and grateful at the commitment of Stanley Ford and Stanley Chrysler toward the United Way campaign on the Central Peninsula. They have defined what a community partner is all about and we consider them a model for companies operating on the Kenai Peninsula. The campaign continues so anyone wishing a presentation can give us a call and we'll come to your place of business and be there for you," said Micciche. Call Tina-Marie Herford for more information at 283-9500.