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  1. Santa Helpers from around the World attending the Charles W. Howard Legendary Santa Claus Conference Hundreds of Santas, Mrs. Clauses, Elves, and Santa Helpers will travel to Albion, New York to attend the Charles W. Howard Legendary Santa Claus Conference, April 16-19, 2015. Albion, NY – 6 April 2015: You better watch out and you better not cry. Why? Because Santa and Mrs. Claus are coming to town. To be more precise, several hundred Santas and Mrs. Claus helpers are headed to the Charles W. Howard Legendary Santa Claus Conference in Albion, New York on April 16-19, 2015. Albion, New York is the hometown of the late Charles W. Howard, for whom the event is named after. Howard, touched the lives of millions of people around the world and is most known for being the Founder and Dean of the world’s first Santa Claus School. The Charles W. Howard Legendary Santa Claus Conference is presented as an interactive forum, designed to complement other existing Santa Claus schools, seminars, and gatherings. The Conference is produced free of charge to the Santa Claus Community by Phillip L. Wenz and the Santa Claus Oath Foundation. The event will take place in and around the town of Albion and will feature programs and presentations that include vendors, discussion panels, a film festival, and the main Workshop itself. There will also be a ceremony honoring the 2014 inductees the International Santa Claus Hall of Fame. “The Charles W. Howard Legendary Santa Claus Conference is the Santa Claus Oath Foundation's way of giving back and saying thank you to all Santas, Mrs. Clauses, and helpers for the Christmas magic they create for children of all ages”, commented Phillip L. Wenz. About Charles W. Howard Charles W. Howard was truly an American original. He was born on June 15, 1896 in the house that he would live in his entire life. As a boy he did chores on the family farm and had little time to play, but when he did his imagination would take him to far off magical places. As an adult he got to travel all over the country making magical memories for others. No matter how or where Howard roamed, his heart and home were always in Albion, New York. Howard would go on to a career that would include appearances in some of the nation’s largest cities, including being the official Santa Claus for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City. Though Howard traveled all over the country, he never forgot his hometown of Albion. He started a Santa Claus School at his home in 1937 and redeveloped his farm property into a theme park, known as Christmas Park in the early 1950s. About Albion New York Albion is located in Orleans County, New York just north of Interstate 90 on NY Route 98 between the cities of Buffalo and Rochester. About the Santa Claus Oath The eight principles that make up the Santa Claus Oath were written with the ideals of what portraying Santa should be about. Authored by professional Santa, Phillip L. Wenz, the Oath was inspired by the lives of the two most prolific Santa Claus actors of the 20th century: Charles W. Howard of Albion, New York and Raymond “Jim” Yellig of Santa Claus, Indiana. Upon writing the Santa Claus Oath, the document was adopted by nearly every Santa Claus organization and individual Santa portrayer in the world. For more information about the Santa Claus Oath, please visit: www.santaclausoath.com
  2. Rhode Island Santa Claus Michael Rielly to Appear in the Documentary They Wore The Red Suit Film will explore the history and rich tradition of portraying Santa Claus Providence, RI (PRWEB) November 30, 2011 Rhode Island native and professional Santa Claus Michael Rielly, will appear in the upcoming documentary They Wore The Red Suit. The film highlights the rare individuals who have devoted their lives to keeping the magic of Santa Claus alive in the world by actually being Santa Claus. They Wore The Red Suit examines Santa Claus from three perspectives: The legend of Santa Claus, the vocation of being Santa Claus, and the Santa Claus industry. The movie will explore the history and evolution of Santa Claus from St. Nicholas of Myra through the early 20th century with a focus on the impact of legendary Santas such as Jim Yellig and Charles Howard, and through the men who currently portray Santa Claus today. “I have discovered angels living among us. They have no wings and they wear red suits”, commented Director, Larry Peter, “There exist a handful of men who have devoted their lives to living the legend of Santa and making him real for all of us. These aren’t just people out there putting on a red suit. There is a connection to a legacy. Something has been passed on.” In the film Michael Rielly talks about his journey in becoming Santa Claus. He discusses the influence his late grandfather, Rhode Island's famed Santa Claus, James D. Rielly, had on him, and the inspiration to found the Santa Claus community, ClausNet.com. “I am deeply honored to be a part of this film”, said Michael Rielly. “For me donning the red suit is more than a tradition. I believe it is a calling.” Filming and fundraising for They Wore The Red Suit will be continuing throughout 2011 and is schedule to premier early 2012. About Michael Rielly A third generation Santa Claus, Michael Rielly has worn the red suit for over 20 years and has been featured in newspapers, radio, and television. Mr. Rielly is a graduate of the Charles W. Howard Santa Claus School and the International University of Santa Claus. He serves on the Santa Claus Oath committee and is the founder of the Santa Claus community, ClausNet — the largest community and resource for men and women dedicated to the faithful portrayal of Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus. When not appearing in the red suit, Michael Rielly works in high-tech sales and marketing serving in various leadership roles. About They Wore The Red Suit The soon to be released documentary film, They Wore The Red Suit is about the unique men who commit their lives to becoming Santa Claus. The documentary will run the gamut of human emotions; from the whimsical coverage of Santa conventions and schools to the historical origins of Santa to the poignant and heartbreaking stories of the most difficult requests Santas receive from children. To learn more about the documentary They Wore The Red Suit, visit: http://www.thesantamovie.com. SOURCE
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