Celebrate with us virtually to support Operation Breakthrough

Join the Celebration


The Ugly Christmas Sweater Celebration is a series of activities in Kansas City that serve as a fundraiser for Operation Breakthrough. It’s organized by a group of volunteers and has become one of KC’s favorite holiday traditions. News has spread nationally: TV, books, magazines, online media, and even a Travel Channel documentary! The event has raised over $200,000 in donations.

The 2020 Raffle

Instead of an in-person event, the Ugly Christmas Sweater Party committee and Operation are hosting a fundraising raffle. Each ticket is $5, and prizes will be drawn on December 21, 2020 (KC’s Official Ugly Sweater Day).

UPDATED: The winners of this year’s raffle have been drawn and will receive a follow-up email to claim their prize and for further instruction. Thanks to everyone who participated!

Prizes include:

Grinch’s Golf (Total Value of $600)
Golf for 4 at Adams Pointe Golf Club
Golf for 4 at Sycamore Ridge Golf Club
Golf for 4 at Winterstone Golf Course
Golf for 4 at Swope Memorial Golf Course

Deck the Halls (Total Value of $115) 
$50 West Elm gift card
DIY Wood Sign Making Workshop Class at Board & Brush

Elves After Hours (Total Value of $292)
40 Arcade Tokens and 2 Slices of Pizza at Up/Down Arcade Bar
Lux Wine Tasting at Cooper’s Hawk for 4 People, w/ Gourmet Chocolate Truffle
(x1) J. Rieger & Co, Cocktail Kit Make Your Favorite Classic Cocktails at Home with the help of our House Recipes
$100 Gift Card to Pig & Finch
Breakfast, Brunch or Lunch For Two at First Watch

The Party

The Ugly Christmas Sweater Party is an annual open bar holiday party, thrown by a group of volunteers, that supports Operation Breakthrough by raising funds and awareness for kids living in poverty in Kansas City’s urban core. Find out how to show your support in 2020 and stay tuned for 2021’s plan! 

Mayor Sly James signing the the proclamation

The Official Day

Mayor Quinton Lucas and the city of Kansas City, MO has once again officially declared December 18, 2020 as ‘Ugly Sweater Day’. Founded in 2013, this Kansas City holiday was declared to encourage local residents and business to donate food, toys, money, time, and cheer during the holiday season! Every business, big or small, can have an impact and help support the cause their own (creative) way.

Operation Breakthrough

The Charity

Operation Breakthrough is a local non-profit dedicated to helping Kansas City children living in poverty. Founded more than 45 years ago, OB now serves more than 600 children daily from the Kansas City urban core. Their mission is to provide a safe, loving and educational environment for children in poverty and to empower their families through advocacy, emergency aid and education.

Facts About the Charity: Operation Breakthrough

1 in 5 children are homeless. ALL of the children OB serves live in poverty.
Operation Breakthrough serves over 650 children, daily.
The annual income of OB families is $12,000.