A Special Thank you...
On Christmas Eve-Eve, December 23, the tenth annual Mercy at Miramont created a magical Christmas celebration for 17 families who would have otherwise not had Christmas.
The Manitou Springs Historical Society partnered with the Manitou Springs Volunteer Fire Department and other community members to provide a magnificent holiday dinner in the Great Hall for nearly 69 guests.
After dinner, there was a reading by Charles Dickens (MSVFD Lt. Steve Schopper) of “Twas the Night before Christmas”.
Sleigh bells were heard descending from the Castle roof, as dozens of wide-eyed excited children waited. Ben the Elf came bounding through the Castle announcing; “he’s here he’s here”! Ben the Elf then took the children down the grand staircase, where they were surprised by St. Nick himself sitting by the magnificent fireplace enjoying the beautiful parlour Christmas tree while checking his list.
St. Nick greeted all of the children with a twinkle in his eye and a jolly “Ho, Ho, Ho”. With mounds of personally selected gifts, each child was called up by the jolly ole elf who praised them for specific good deeds they had done throughout the past year.
Numerous donations from the community and benefactors were utilized for this extra special occasion, all of which are spent entirely for this event. Nothing is kept for any other purpose than Mercy at Miramont. Heartfelt thanks go to the entire staff at Macy’s in Chapel Hills Mall who not only presented monetary gifts, but also made certain that St. Nick’s Elf’s received the best prices available on quality clothing.
Many thanks are given to Haunted Mines, Margaret Johnson, Nor’wood Foundation, The Manitou and Pike’s Peak Cog Railway Company, John Meek , The American Legion Post 39, Anne Nichols, Manitou Cliff Dwellings, Joann Wysong, Women’s Fellowship – Community Congregational Church, El Taco Rey, Kiwanis Club of Manitou Springs, Judy Allen, Thomas & Diana Francese, Jana & Leaton Mitchell, Lavada Enterprises Inc. (Coin-Op Laundry), Harvey and Kay Album and Corie Posey.
We would also like to thank the volunteers from the Haunted Minds; Angel Nuce, Stacy Packer, Robin Schneider (Art by bamf), and other community volunteers Shawn Huff, Barna Babajanova, Miryssa Woofter, Gary Engman, Joe Engman and our fairies; Gracie, Loriali and Machenzie, and their parents. Manitou Springs Volunteers; Many many thanks to Manitou Springs Fire Department volunteers and paid staff; Lt. Steve Schopper, Retired Assistant Chief Paul Willie, Deputy Chief Joshua Maul , Assistant Chief Keith Buckmiller, Captain John Nichols, Lt. Chris Byrne, Kaitlyn Byrne, Driver/Engineer Mike Willie, Kenzie Buckmiller, Andy Thompson, Brad Walters, Jennifer Walters, Lt./Paramedic Larry Mitchell, Retired Deputy Chief Ken Yager, Laura Jaminson, and Austin Breen, and our little Elf Ben Perkins.
The Manitou Springs Historical Society would like to thank our staff; Director and Treasurer Peggie Yager who gives every ounce of her time to make this event happen each year, Linda Pineda, Margaret Johnson, Kelley Ruyle-Engman, Carol Fry and Jennifer Walters. Thank you to our Queen's Parlour Tearooom culinary team; Leah Blake, Craig, Issac, Daniel, Lisa and Nikki for creating an amazing holiday meal and your many hours of preparing it.
Thank you all as you are very much appreciated, we couldn't make this magical night happen without each and every one of you.