Archive for Sunday, December 20, 1998

1,200 YOUTHS ENJOY POSTHUMOUS GIFT FROM BENEFACTOR

December 20, 1998

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Alfred Bromelsick left money for an annual Christmas party for local youngsters.

Forty-eight years after his death, Alfred Bromelsick is still spreading holiday cheer.

More than 1,200 children and parents attended the 47th annual Bromelsick Christmas Party on Saturday for Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts and 4-H members at the Lied Center.

"We think it is a real treat for all the groups to get together," Martha Rose a party organizer with the Girl Scouts said.

Bromelsick was a benefactor of Lawrence youth groups. When he died, he left money to the Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and 4-H. One stipulation in his will was that the groups use some of the money for an annual Christmas party, complete with treats and a tree, for the three groups.

"It's just been a wonderful gift," Rose said.

Tripp Anderson, one of the organizers with the Boy Scouts, remembers coming to the Bromelsick party when he was a Cub Scout in the 1950s.

"We'd get together, sing some Christmas carols and get some candy," he said. "It's just part of Christmas for most of us."

He remembers seeing nature films and watching professors put on chemistry displays.

"We used to have movies," Rose said, but with videocassette recorders, movies have lost their appeal for many children.

Children at this year's party were treated to a concert presented by the Plymouth Bell Ringers under the direction of Barbara Kelly, a round of Christmas carols with Steve Mason Luthiers, and The Elmo & Scruffy Clown Show. The Boy Scouts handled this year's entertainment, 4-H'ers decorated for the party, and the Girl Scouts distributed treats and ushered guests.

Most of the children were most taken with Elmo and Scruffy. A few enjoyed the music, though, like Eric Long, 6. His older brother, David, liked hearing the Pink Panther theme played on the bells.

"It was cool," he said.

The party cost around $3,500 this year.

-- Felicia Haynes' phone message number is 832-7173. Her e-mail address is fhaynes@ljworld.com.

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