The North End Columbus Day Committee held the 3rd Annual Santa Skate and Toy Drive on Saturday, December 18, 2010 at the Steriti Skating Rink. (View the photo gallery.)

Shown above, left to right, Mike Magner, Jason Aluia, Blake Webber, Matt Bamonte, Layla and Daniel Petrigno, Louis Strazzullo and State Representative Aaron Michlewitz.
Shown above, left to right, Mike Magner, Jason Aluia, Blake Webber, Matt Bamonte, Layla and Daniel Petrigno, Louis Strazzullo and State Representative Aaron Michlewitz.

The charity event is in its third year and is organized by the North End Columbus Day Committee as a way to hold a massive toy drive for needy children. There also was a raffle with several prizes that contributed to the cause.

Santa Skate at Steriti Rink
Santa Skate at Steriti Rink

Several hundred skaters showed up for the event. The event was held at Steriti Skating Rink on Commercial Street in the North End. Each donated toy received a free ice skate rental for the day. Of course, Santa was there taking photos with the kids. Louis Strazzullo was the DJ for the event playing holiday tunes for the skaters. Refreshments were also served.

Santa and his helper Michele.
Santa and his helper Michele.

Later in the day, No End, the NEMPAC Rock Band took the stage at the rink. It was last year at this event when NoEnd gave its first public performance. No End members include Jeremy Sarzana (everything), Mikaya Emma (guitar), Carrie Huisingh (guitar/bass), Tim Griffin (keyboard), Brian Johnson (drums) and Emily Trask (vocals).

No End, the NEMPAC Rock Band Plays at Steriti Skating Rink.
No End, the NEMPAC Rock Band Plays at Steriti Skating Rink.

No End, the NEMPAC Rock Band Plays at Steriti Skating Rink.

(Photos by Matt Conti)

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