More than 100 of St. Nick's helpers — all disguised in their best Santa outfits — descended on the Balboa Peninsula on Saturday for the fifth annual Santa Pub Crawl to benefit a local charity for the third consecutive year.
Locals dressed as Santa, Mrs. Claus, jolly elves and even Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer joined with Project Access, a nonprofit that provides gifts and holiday meals to needy families, and raised about $1,800 from the single night event.
Organized by Newport Beach residents Christopher Pope and Robert Weiner, partners in a local import-export business, participants purchased a wrist band for a donation of $10 to $20, which qualified them for discount specials at participating restaurants: Newport Landing, Balboa Saloon, Shore House Cafe and Cabo Cantina.
Donations will help "provide holiday celebrations at each of Project Access' more than 30 Family and Senior Resource Centers throughout California," according to a statement from Project Access. "As a result, every low-income Project Access participant will enjoy a festive holiday meal, and every child will leave with a toy – perhaps the only one they will receive this holiday season."