PHOTOS: DVLF’s Toy 2015 at Fire and Ice

On Saturday evening, hundreds packed into Fire and Ice restaurant and lounge in Old City to celebrate the holidays with DVLF‘s annual TOY event. Party goers donated new toys to children at the Special Immunology Service at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia or for youth served by ActionAIDS. There were plenty of magic elves passing nibbles and lots of cocktails at the open bar. We were on hand to capture the fun scene. Thanks to DVLF’s Instagram account for some of our lovely pictures.

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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.,

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TOY Gets New Venue

Courtesy of Reading Terminal Market

There have been many changes for Delaware Valley Legacy Fund (DVLF) this summer. First, John Moeller, the organization’s executive director since January of last year, announced after the HEROES event that he would be leaving to accept a position as vice president of external affairs at Planned Parenthood Northeast and Mid-Penn.

“While the board is sad to lose John, we would not be in the position we are today without his leadership and wish him all the best in this new endeavor,” explained Mark Mitchell, DVLF’s Board President, who said that Mark Dann is currently serving at interim director as the organization considers a replacement.

This week, DVLF also announced that one of its biggest fundraisers of the year – TOY – will be changing venues. After taking place at the Marketplace Design Center, collecting toys for Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, the event will move to the Reading Terminal Market this year.

TOY takes place on December 1, confirms Paul Steinke, Reading Terminal Market’s general manager. “We are so excited to have the event at the Reading Terminal Market,” he says. “We hope the new venue will enable TOY to grow beyond last year’s sold out event.”