Who is behind the Ugly Sweater Craze?
The Ugly Christmas Sweater Party began in 2005 as a small holiday gathering in Brookside hosted by Ramsey Mohsen, Scott Aripoli, and Patrick Perkins. While cleaning up in 2007, we decided to turn all of our hard work into good for others, and raise money for a charity.
When we started our search for that organization, we knew Operation Breakthrough was the right charity to benefit because of the great work they do with kids. During our first visit to OB, we met with the children who benefit from their programs. That was all it took for us to become a supporter. The whole organization is truly amazing in all of its efforts and the impact this has on the local community.
A steering committee of independent volunteers have made time to plan this party. We aren’t affiliated with any one organization – we’re just a group of friends who want to give back to our community.
The goal is to make a positive impact by donating as much money and toys to Operation Breakthrough as possible. Our vision for the Ugly Christmas Sweater Party and Day is to make it the biggest and best annual holiday fundraiser in Kansas City!