At Local 29 hall, a night on Santa Lane

Rain and wind couldn’t stop Iron Workers holiday event. | PHOTO LEFT BY MIKE GUTWIG


YES, IT’S A REINDEER!  What’s normally the parking lot of Ironworkers Local 29 and its credit union became a winter wonderland Dec. 18, featuring a light show, cookie and cocoa stations, a live reindeer, and face time with Santa Claus himself. | PHOTO BY CASEY WOODS

Iron Workers Local 29’s “Night on Santa Lane” was a wet one. The annual event, now in its 35th year, is normally held indoors with a holiday breakfast, presents for members’ children and grandchildren, and a visit from Santa Claus. But the last two years because of the coronavirus it has been re-located outdoors and turned into a drive thru winter wonderland. On Dec. 18,  2021, more than 175 cars and about 700 people—including 375 kiddos —braved the cold wind and pouring rain to enjoy the lights and receive gifts, hot chocolate, and a photo with Santa.

More than $26,000 was raised to put on the event, which is free to Local 29 members and their families. Sponsors included the Ironworkers Joint Apprenticeship Training Center, the Ironworkers USA Credit Union, and dozens of volunteers. 

This year’s event organizers included Lacey Meyer Petkovich, Kimberly Monique Stephens, Jaimie L. Garver,  M. Elena Oddy, Kelly Harris Flye, Lourdes Revuelta-Arellano, Brooklynn Upton, Raylynn and Michael Quinn, Mark Lautenschlager, Ronald McDowell and too many more to list (like retirees who came to wrap, and apprenticeship staff who helped with setup). Signatory contractors also donated money to the cause.

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