Community gathers for KCSL's biggest fundraiser of the year

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - Carlos O'Kelly's was packed on Saturday for the Kansas Children's Service League's biggest fundraiser of the year — the Red Stocking Breakfast.

"Turnout has been huge today,” Derek Schmidt, Kansas Attorney General, said. “I don't know if it was the weather, the cause, just the time of the year, or a bolt of lightning, but it's been bigger I think than years past, and that's a terrific sign. Lots of community support."

From celebrity servers to a delicious breakfast buffet, community members came out to eat some delicious food while supporting a great cause.

All of the money raised stays in our community for programs that KCSL provides, including the Center for Restorative Education, Shaken Baby Syndrome prevention, and the 1-800 Helpline.

"The KCSL does great work for kids that really need the assistance and families that are trying to do the right thing for kids, so that's always heartwarming,” Schmidt said. “It's touched our family back a generation, so we love the group, and I’m glad to be a little part of it today."

Some familiar faces were at the event today, including 13 NEWS’ Melissa Brunner, Chris Fisher, and Shawn Wheat.

Santa Claus even made an appearance at the breakfast and took photos with kids.

To celebrate KCSL’s 125th anniversary, there will be a special raffle for the chance to win a two-year lease on a new car.

"There's only a thousand tickets they're giving away, so better chances of winning than the Kansas Lottery, I suppose, to get a brand new car." Scott proctor, an employee with Sharp Honda sales, said.

If you didn't buy your raffle ticket at the breakfast, you can still buy one online until Monday, December 10th.

The winning ticket will be drawn at Sharp Honda in Topeka on Thursday, Dec. 13 at 6:00 p.m.

Each ticket is $25, or you can buy six tickets for $125. All proceeds benefit KCSL.