Santa Claus in the Courtyard

Santa Claus in the Courtyard
Saturday mornings from 9am-1pm
December 1st, 8th, 15th & 22nd

Share your Christmas wish list and have a photo taken.

In 2003, the businesses at 200 First Street decided to sponsor `"Santa in the Courtyard", an opportunity for children and families to share their Christmas wish list and have a photo taken. Local teenagers volunteered to take photos and a local Atlantic Beach resident, Tom Trechel, grew his beard out in the fall and became Santa Claus each year, finally buying his own Santa Suit. “It has become an annual tradition for my family, as well as many beaches families and my kids truly believe this is the ‘real’ Santa”, said Neptune Beach resident, Paola Keeney.

Fast forward a decade and Dunlop Photography has added a more professional photo experience as well as their own fundraising causes. Santa Tom has retired, and there is a new “real” Santa Fred that has taken his place.

Deanne Dunlop and her husband, Gus, offer a 4x 6print for a $10 sitting fee, which basically offsets the cost of Santa and supplies. But they found that many participants were willing to also make a donation to a good cause for a digital copy of the photo with Santa.“We have never advertised or promoted our philanthropic efforts. We have always approached it as a fun family, community event with a bonus” said Deanne Dunlop. “My daughter, Alivia, has manned our display table and welcomes each family and talks with them about our charitable causes and the programs she is personally involved.  
Over the course of many years, Dunlop Photography raised funds for PedsCare a pediatric program of Community Hospice,  Dreams Come True and donated to physical improvements of the Beaches Little House in Jarboe Park during the 100th Anniversary Celebration of Girl Scouting in the US.

This year they have selected Smile Camp, a day camp for children with special needs sponsored by Girl Scouts of Gateway Council. Jaffi’s and Kyds Boutique Owner, Emilie Christenson, said “I think it’s important to share our history and how the event has morphed into an event families look forward to and return to our Courtyard for every year. The fact that we can support Community PedsCare Smile Camp and various charities over the last few years is a bonus.”  

Call Deanne Dunlop Photography at 904.610.5669 for more information.

Deanne Dunlop Photography
217 First Street
Neptune Beach, FL 32266

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