Christina DaCosta,Assistant Director of Communications,917-553-3328,email@example.com
December 16, 2016
Toys R Us donated a virtual mountain of toys that was augmented by gifts brought by attendees. More than 5,000 toys will be given to kids in need this holiday season. Ketel One served as presenting liquor sponsor for the third year in a row and Uber, the official transportation partner of the Toys Party, provided discounted rides to guests. Norwegian Air added a nice touch with its Aura machine, which gave guests a new way to chart their next getaway and named one lucky winner of two roundtrip tickets to Paris. Donations from the evening will be distributed to the following charities: 9th Police Precinct Community Center, The Felix Organization, Good Shepard/Catholic Guardian, Brooklyn ACE Integration Head Start, Grace Baptist/Faith Mission, Camp Felix, The Iris House and UWS Jericho Project/Brick Church.
Addressing a sea of enthusiastic partygoers, Goldberg emphasized the importance of intergenerational dialogue through SAGE Table, SAGE's groundbreaking national program set to launch in May 2017. "This is not a fundraiser, this is a 'friendraiser.'" Said Goldberg about the new program. "SAGE is one of the most important organizations that I am aware of, and I'm proud to be a part of it. Everybody forgets when they're younger that getting old is just around the corner. So, you have to make sure you're looking out for those who have come before you, and appreciate what was done. On May 18, we'll get to know each other."
Hosts Robby Browne, David Tufts and Chris Kann were in attendance, mingling with more than 2,500 guests. Kann, a distinguished real estate broker with the Corcoran Group, is both a SAGE board member and supporter through the annual Toys Party.
"This party is highlight of the holiday season for many in the LGBT community. It's a chance to get together and celebrate, and the fact that it also supports SAGE is an added bonus," said Kann. Browne, founder and co-host of the annual event stated, "The Toys event has grown tremendously since it began 31 years ago. I'm very proud of the special family that's formed around such an inspiring cause. Knowing that we can give so many toys to children in need during the holiday season is a true blessing. SAGE continues to be an important part of my life and I'm thrilled to have the opportunity to help give back to LGBT elders through the great work that SAGE does every day."
For more information, visit sageusa.org and lgbtagingcenter.org.
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