News Release

Friday, November 30, 2007

Contact: Joy Vann (757) 668-8566, joy.vann@chkd.org

An Evening with Santa & Mrs. Claus 7-9 P.M. Sunday, Dec. 9

Benefits Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters

NORFOLK, Va. – Children young and old will have the opportunity to meet Santa and Mrs. Claus when the couple pops over to the Padgett home at 314 Suburban Parkway in Norfolk from 7 to 9 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 9. The Clauses are visiting the Padgetts who are demonstrating their holiday spirit by lighting up their yard with thousands of Christmas lights and decorations for public view and to benefit Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters. The twinkling and flashing display is synchronized to holiday music on radio station 101.7 FM (from dark to 11:30 nightly through New Year’s Eve). For Santa and Mrs. Claus’s visit on Dec. 9, guests may park on nearby Galveston Boulevard.

Last year, after Mary and Shawn Padgett saw what a popular attraction their display had become, they decided to place a box accepting donations for CHKD on the street where hundreds of cars passed each evening to take in the holiday spectacle. Much to their surprise, by New Year’s Eve, more than $6,000 had been raised for the hospital.

“Everyone was so generous. We were thrilled with the results and so happy that something that our family loved to do for the holidays could benefit the children at CHKD,” said Shawn Padgett. “It’s a wonderful tradition for us and we hope that it will become a tradition for many others.”

Children's Hospital of The King's Daughters is the only facility of its kind in Virginia, serving the medical and surgical needs of children throughout greater Hampton Roads, the Eastern Shore of Virginia and northeastern North Carolina. The not-for-profit hospital was founded in 1961 and provides care to more than 160,000 children each year as inpatients and outpatients, addressing routine and complex illnesses, injuries and chronic conditions.