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Murphy’s and SCYC nonprofit Host Brilliantly Creative Ugly Christmas Sweater Party

Festive Merriment All Around on Wednesday, December 7th

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Guests enjoy festive beverages at the Ugly Christmas Sweater Party/photo by Laura Plaia

ALEXANDRIA, VA – Murphy’s and SCYC took Ugly Christmas Sweater Party to a whole new level on Wednesday evening as fans showed up in the brightest, most elaborate attire ever to benefit SCYC in helping 40 families in need with over $8000 in gift card donations.

two women posing at holiday party
Kim Moore, Vice President of SCYC, and Chrisi Lyn Lester, Treasurer of SCYC. pose in their holiday outfits/photo by Laura Plaia

“We have a really great turnout with lots of new faces and great costuming too,” said Michele Cumberland, past president of SCYC. This was the 7th Annual Ugly Sweater contest, only having missed 2020 because of the pandemic. 

USMC Veteran Eric Reed with wife, Kelley, showing their holiday tartan costumes, standing proudly with Marine Corps flag in background/photo by Laura Plaia

Delicious foods and fancy holiday cocktails were aplenty as guests enjoyed a light-hearted evening connecting with one another. Drink specials included gingerbread white Russians and Irish creamsicles.

Meghan Waters shows off her bright green blinking dress/photo by Laura Plaia

“Ever since I moved here seven years ago, this has been my favorite place to be. It is so welcoming and when I walk in, it’s so easy to make friends. It’s just the atmosphere,” explained Megan Waters, who considers herself a regular customer at the restaurant and always attends the Ugly Sweater Party.

Rebecca Tarr and husband were “lit”/photo by Laura Plaia

Two raffle prizes – an indulgent basket of Jameson Whiskey beverages, and a Guinness Open Gate Brewery Tour in Baltimore- along with a silent raffle, caused many to open their wallets to donate. The silent raffle included gifts from Kings Jewelry, Murphy’s, Carlyle Group, the Rifle Paper Company, and MLB Ultimate Nationals Fun Pack. 

Steven and Kim Moore, Vice Chair of SCYC/photo by Laura Plaia

The event raised enough money to purchase forty $200 Target and Aldi gift cards. Twenty cards will be given to families in need at Naomi L. Brooks Elementary School and twenty given to families at Jefferson-Houston PreK-8 IB School.

The DJ kept the holiday tunes going all night/photo by Laura Plaia
Darwina Marks-black cat with Santa hat jumpsuit/photo by Laura Plaia
Robert Bright/photo by Laura Plaia
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