KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Party goers in a festive mood donned “Ugly Christmas Sweaters” for a cause Friday night. The 10th annual party at Martini Corner benefits Operation Breakthrough.
Organizers expect about 300 people Friday night, all of them showing off the ugliest Christmas sweater they could find. The costume party coincides with an official day proclaimed by Kansas City leaders.
Both are dedicated to raising money and awareness to support Operation Breakthrough, which is a local charity that aims to help kids living in poverty around the metro.
It all started 10 years ago when a group of friends got together and decided they wanted to do something that made a difference in their community. What started as a small house party has now grown into a city-wide event.
"We just want to give back to Kansas City and this is our way of doing it. It's a fun way to do it,” said co-founder Ramsey Mohsen. “I mean, how can you not have fun? I mean, I have a reindeer strapped to the front of my sweater. How can you not have fun and raise awareness for such a great cause?"
Over the past decade, this party has raised more than $100,000. Friday night, organizers hoped to raise about $20,000.