Several downtown Kennewick pubs are encouraging people to dress in a Santa costume or as another Christmas character for a good cause.
The Parkade Bar & Grill is holding a SantaCon pub crawl and fundraiser from 4 to 8 p.m. Dec. 20. Players Sports Bar & Grill, Sports Page Bar & Grill, Branding Iron and Crave also are participating in the event.
Each participant should bring a nonperishable food item and buy a $10 ticket at Parkade Bar & Grill, 207 W. Kennewick Ave. Those who attend will get a mug and a drink at each location and are encouraged to sing Christmas carols while walking between the participating pubs.
All proceeds will benefit local families in the Safe Harbor Support Center and its teen shelter program, My Friends Place. Any other money raised will be donated to Beautiful Bags, which provides bags to foster children, since many move from home to home with only garbage bags for their belongings. The food will be given to the Tri-City Union Gospel Mission in Pasco.