About Us

It’s amazing what we can accomplish when we come together.

WC Summer Soirée is a public charity under section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code. ID 261476142

Twenty years ago, while teaching in Spanish Harlem, NYC, I asked a few friends and family to meet in New York City to help make a few kids smile during the Christmas holiday, and soon after “Kids Christmas NYC” was founded. Since then we have helped hundreds of inner city children from NYC, NJ and West Chester, PA. Donors and friends have helped spread holiday cheer to these children with financial assistance, new books, gift cards and food for the hungry.

We were thrilled with the success of our inaugural “WC Summer Soirée” in 2016 and know this years event will honor the same mission of “helping local children with life’s basic necessities.”

Thanks for the support that’s made it all possible!

–Kelly McLaughlin Catania

Our History

December 1996
Co-sponsored by Sweet Melissa’s and Tin Lizzi, seventy friends gathered for the inaugural “KIDS CHRISTMAS NYC.”

December 2002
After successful years in NYC, we moved to NJ where we introduced “KIDS CHRISTMAS NJ.” to enrich the lives of children in our hometown community. Year after year, we reached more children who otherwise would go hungry over the holidays and blessed them with gifts for their families. Each December, we raised more money to help these local families feel the true meaning of Christmas. We were able to help Resurrection School, Habitat for Humanity, the Alvarez and Hidalgo families, and sponsored two children with the Make A Wish Foundation.TM

December 2012
When we were relocated to West Chester, PA, we met new friends and asked for their support in helping those in need. With great enthusiasm we were blessed with touching those children near our new home. We happily donated to the Levy and Toole families who lost their homes in Hurricane Sandy, funded new gym equipment at the Chester County Family Academy, and provided financial assistance to the children at CCFA.

August 2016
After identifying the needs of needy children during the summer months and sometimes the abundance of goods over Christmas time, we introduce the inaugural “WC Summer Soirée” to West Chester.