Ugly Christmas Suit event raises money for charity
People liked the "Ugly Christmas Suit" so much when Tom Harness began wearing it that they asked to take a picture with him, or invite him out so they could be seen with the jolly man.
He later turned the costume into a fundraiser for charity -- and just earned $5,000 for The Promise in Marion.
While others may have an ugly Christmas sweater for holiday parties, Harness of Harness Digital Marketing has a full red leisure suit. The ensemble features snowflakes, Santa, reindeer silhouettes and Christmas trees.
Harness wears his ugly Christmas suit through the month of December; people pay him for a photo ops. He also attends local events and was on the local weather report.
Harness received donations from individuals, groups and the creator of the Ugly Christmas Suit.
The Promise of Marion is a drop-in shelter and day respite that was formed five years ago by a former pastor and his wife, Peggy, and Dave Maragni. The facility has a food pantry, lounging center and counseling area.
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