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Buddy the elf visits New Cassel

Buddy the elf and girlfriend Jovie made a surprise appearance at New Cassel Retirement Center and Franciscan Day Centre in Omaha Dec. 20.

The characters from the movie "Elf" were portrayed by Craig Petrich, a member of St. Gerald Parish in Ralston, graduate of Creighton Preparatory School in Omaha and a sophomore at Georgetown University, and Bailey Pofahl, a member of St. Bernard Parish and graduate of Mercy High School, both in Omaha, and a junior at the University of Nebraska at Omaha.

While visiting with New Cassel residents and participants in the adult day care program, Petrich and Pofahl handed out candy canes, one of Buddy’s favorite "food groups." Residents and participants also watched the movie and enjoyed hot chocolate, red and green popcorn balls and other snacks and refreshments.

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