By CBS 2 Chicago Staff

CHICAGO (CBS) — Christmas came a little early with some holiday fun at the 18th annual “Sweet Home Chicago” benefit.

Sunday’s brunch fundraiser took place at the Grand Ballroom of the Four Seasons Hotel.

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Just a few of the fun activities included decorating gingerbread houses and ornaments, visiting with Santa, and snuggling with the Lutheran Church Charities K-9 comfort dogs.

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The money raised will go to support two safe houses for families overcoming their personal experiences with domestic violence.

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Since this fundraiser began in 2004, the Sweet Home Chicago benefit has raised a total of $11.2 million.

CBS 2 Chicago Staff