Monday, December 4, 2017

Event - 2017 Toy Drive!



December has come to take on new meaning for me this year.  While it’s a significant month for us all for various reasons – holidays, the end of a calendar year – it’s been a time that I’ve allowed my lesser-Grinch side peek out from the mountain I tend to keep myself on.  Over the past 22 years, I’m proud to say that I’ve cultivated community here in the Bay Area through the many toy drives that began with live broadcasts at a local radio station and when I left, I took the event with me.  In more than two decades, there have been parties and dinners and quieter years and now the privilege of making people laugh for a cause.  I’ve been blessed to receive help from so many in making these events happen – restaurants (local and chain), friends, colleagues, artists, comedians, and even my chiropractor who give their talent and money and most importantly they have given their time - please see the list below and give your patronage if you can.  It is all tied up in a pretty package by support from our local chapter of the US Marines, who have sent soldiers to join us each and every year. 
While there’s always a need for kindness, I don’t think we’ve ever needed it as much as we do now.  While waiting in breathless anticipation for each end of year celebration and the bringing together of people, we work at keeping the spirit alive in whatever ways we can through our site Angels and Blimps. 

Please consider coming to the party this year.  We promise to make you laugh and send you away with some warm ‘n fuzzies.  Every penny you spend is tax-deductible.  For a small price, you get dinner and a show.  There is always a raffle to win some awesome loot.  And piles of TOYS! 

Join us. 
Purchase your tickets NOW!

Tickets
or make your DONATION here: https://www.gofundme.com/BayAreaToyDrive

Donations:

P.F. Changs (Walnut Creek)
The Cheesecake Factory (Walnut Creek)
Danville Harvest (Danville)
Cinemark Theatres (Pleasant Hill)
Performance Chiropractic (Concord)






Monday, November 7, 2016

Event - 2016 Toy Drive!

Here in California, we don't have those magical white holidays.  We have to get our snow from a movie or a song or a getaway.  Sometimes it's hard to feel Christmasy when everyone around me is dressed for a warm climate, and it's a tinsel overload before the pumpkins and costumes are put away.  I just can't find my spirit in 70 degree temperature. 

And so I work at it.  And every year I get discouraged, because I too get bogged down with the idea that society is as selfish as the media would like us to believe.  Because by now the generosity of previous years has been drowned out by chaos, summer and the overwhelm of every day life. 

But little by little, as the days cool and the smells become warmer around us, and I begin to put the word out of what is needed to pull off a toy drive, I am reminded that I can't do it alone, nor have I ever had to.  Because the generosity of others begin with small steps and big hearts. 

Every kid deserves a Christmas.

Please consider joining us at our annual event and fundraiser, The Bay Area Collective 2016 Toy Drive.  Dinner and comedy - and all of your money goes directly to the US Marines' Toys For Tots program that has been helping families since 1947.  This year, more than ever, they are in need of monetary donations.  We have a great lineup of comics who have graciously volunteered their time for your entertainment: Stephen Turner, Bob Johnston, Sam Marcoux, and Brian Blanco.  Our host is PF Changs in Walnut Creek.  And there's a raffle!  Please see our list of donors below.

There is no way to do this without community, and I am ever thankful to be a part of this one. 


(PayPal account not required)

If you can't make it to the event but would still like to help, you may do so here:


(PayPal account not required)


All purchases and donations are fully tax-deductible.

Let's do this. 

Donors - please learn more by checking out their sites!

PF Changs (Walnut Creek)
The Cheesecake Factory (Walnut Creek)
Red Lobster (Pittsburg)

Authors:
Trinity Adler 
Nancy Swing
Russell Sunshine
Jason Warburg
Ayaz Pirani
Marina Romani






 

Event - 2016 Toy Drive!

Here in California, we don't have those magical white holidays.  We have to get our snow from a movie or a song or a getaway.  Sometimes it's hard to feel Christmasy when everyone around me is dressed for a warm climate, and it's a tinsel overload before the pumpkins and costumes are put away.  I just can't find my spirit in 70 degree temperature. 

And so I work at it.  And every year I get discouraged, because I too get bogged down with the idea that society is as selfish as the media would like us to believe.  Because by now the generosity of previous years has been drowned out by chaos, summer and the overwhelm of every day life. 

But little by little, as the days cool and the smells become warmer around us, and I begin to put the word out of what is needed to pull off a toy drive, I am reminded that I can't do it alone, nor have I ever had to.  Because the generosity of others begin with small steps and big hearts. 

Every kid deserves a Christmas.

Please consider joining us at our annual event and fundraiser, The Bay Area Collective 2016 Toy Drive.  Dinner and comedy - and all of your money goes directly to the US Marines' Toys For Tots program that has been helping families since 1947.  This year, more than ever, they are in need of monetary donations.  We have a great lineup of comics who have graciously volunteered their time for your entertainment: Stephen Turner, Bob Johnston, Sam Marcoux, Noah Gain and Brian Blanco.  Our host is PF Changs in Walnut Creek.  And there's a raffle!  Please see our list of donors below.

There is no way to do this without community, and I am ever thankful to be a part of this one. 



(PayPal account not required)

If you can't make it to the event but would still like to help, you may do so here:


(PayPal account not required)

All purchases and donations are fully tax-deductible.

Let's do this. 

Donors - please learn more by checking out their sites!

PF Changs (Walnut Creek)
The Cheesecake Factory (Walnut Creek)
Red Lobster (Pittsburg)

Authors:
Trinity Adler 
Nancy Swing
Russell Sunshine
Jason Warburg
Ayaz Pirani
Marina Romani