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December 12, 2016

LGBT Icons and Allies Come Out for SAGE’s 31st Annual Toys Party

New York City’s most anticipated holiday party of the year benefits LGBT elders and children in need

[New York, NY] On Sunday, December 11, supporters and allies of Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE) came together at Pier 60 in New York City for the 31st Annual Toys Party. Robby Browne, David Tufts and Chris Kann hosted the event, which benefits LGBT elders, as well as children, through participating charities.

Thousands of toys were collected as guests filled the venue for the special holiday celebration. Before the night was over, more than $300,000 was donated on behalf of LGBT elders. Special attendees included LGBT icons Levi Jackman Foster, Olympic gold medalist Greg Louganis and longtime SAGE supporter Whoopi Goldberg.

"This special annual event is the perfect way for SAGE supporters to touch the lives of children in need," said SAGE CEO Michael Adams. "The Toys Party is another example of how SAGE prioritizes the most vulnerable among us. The gift of giving during the holiday season benefits everyone involved, especially the LGBT older adults for which SAGE is deeply committed."

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.

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