PHOTOS: LGBTers Showed Up in Droves for TOY 2013

(L-R) Brad Hemler, Jivey Rivas, Kristina, Jeb Rehmann, Angela Giampolo and Tim Adams at TOY.

(L-R) Brad Hemler, Jivey Rivas, Kristina, Jeb Rehmann, Angela Giampolo and Tim Adams at TOY.

On Saturday, I attended the Delaware Valley Legacy Fund‘s (DVLF) annual holiday charity event, TOY. Taking place along the corridors and alleys of a closed Reading Terminal Market, over 400 showed up to eat, drink and be merry. Or should I say “Mary.” A big chunk of the crowd were LGBTers, who came out in their yuletide finest to support the cause, which, according to DVLF’s Ron Lucente, raised 350 toys that will be distributed to children between the ages of 2 and 17 at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

See more photos of the evening after the jump »

WEEKEND ROUNDUP: TOY 2013, Brian Sanders’ JUNK Presents “Snowball,” Santa PAWS and More

In our Fall Guide we called it the party of the season, and finally TOY is upon us. The annual see-and-be-seen holiday event hosted by  Delaware Valley Legacy Fund kicks off Saturday, and, being that it’s a charity event for kids, it’s just the ticket you need to get that warm holiday feeling that only comes from giving. (And maybe a little egg nog, but I digress …)

Taking place at Philly’s iconic Reading Terminal Market, TOY guests are asked to bring one unwrapped toy that will later be distributed to young people between the ages of 2 and 17 at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. The party starts once the gifts have been donated, and goes well into the night if you’re in the right mood: Your wristband will grant you access to both Woody’s and Voyeur. We’re sending our very own Alexander Kacala to check it out, so stay tuned to G Philly for a recap and photos. Sat., Dec. 7, 8 p.m.-11 p.m., dvlf.org

More weekend haps after the jump »

DVLF Releases Music Video for TOY 2013

Here is the Delaware Valley Legacy Fund‘s promo video for its seventh-annual TOY event, the annual must-do fundraiser at Reading Terminal Market that collects toys to be distributed to kids at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia living with HIV/AIDS.

The evening takes place on Sat., Dec. 7 from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. Tickets run between $60-$150, and all attendees must show up with one unwrapped toy. Link to buy tickets here.

TONIGHT: TOY 2013 Launches at OurNightOut

ournightout field houseThis month’s popular networking event OurNightOut not only offers attendees the chance to schmooze with other LGBT professionals and allies, but they can witness the official launch of this year’s TOY campaign. Taking place on Dec. 9, Delaware Valley Legacy Fund‘s (DVLF) annual event is a do-gooder holiday fundraising party that collects toys that will be distributed to kids at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP.)

Guests will be able to get a first peek at the TOY 2013 video and snag tickets at a reduced rate of $50. Not a bad price for what G Philly‘s Alexander Kacala refers to as December’s “most air-kissy, see-and-be-seen event” in our Big Gay Fall Guide.

OurNightOut kicks off at 6 p.m. at the Field House (1150 Filbert St.) More details here.

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