Few things are more connected to Christmas than the idea of children opening toys on Christmas morning. For struggling families, though, providing children with a toy at Christmas can be an economic impossibility. That’s where the Toy Party, the annual holiday cocktail party being held this year on Sunday, Dec. 8 from 5–9 p.m., comes in.
The Toy Party, presented by For the Kid in All of Us, brings Atlantans together each year for a festive evening where the price of admission, which includes a toy worth $20 or more, goes to giving children a touch of joy during the holiday season. The number of gifts donated through the Toy Party has outpaced the number of attendees; last year’s event brought out approximately 4,000 people, with over 5,000 toys donated in total.
Since the first Toy Party was held in 2003, this annual event has donated over 38,000 toys to children, along with over $474,000 to various charities. Among the beneficiaries of the annual party: Lost-n-Found Youth, AID Atlanta, CHRIS Kids and Jerusalem House.
Though the event originated as a local house party, the 11th Annual Toy Party finds the event returning once again to the much larger AmericasMart Building 3. DJ Vicki Powell and DJ Sed will keep the party moving with their music, while an array of performance artists, cocktails and hors d’oeuvres will keep attendees entertained throughout the night.
The evening will also include a silent auction featuring over 200 items on the auction block. Among the items up for bid: gift certificates to restaurants, wine baskets, pet supplies, fitness packages, and travel packages to tropical locations – perfect for what’s shaping up to be a colder than usual winter here in Atlanta.
Attendees can also upgrade their experience, starting with the VIP Experience. Reserved for VIP Donors, the VIP Experience includes access to private bars, a Toy Party keepsake, and premium cocktails and treats. VIP guests also receive parking passes. VIP Experience access is available with a $250 donation to the Toy Party.
Also available is the Ultra Lounge, a sampling of the VIP Experience on the main level. The lounge area includes private tables and dedicated bars, allowing guests to skip the lines for General Admission attendees. The cost of admission to the Ultra Lounge is a $50 donation to the Toy Party; access is included for those who are VIP Donors.
The 11th Annual Toy Party is Sunday, Dec. 8 at AmericasMart Building 3 from 5–9 p.m. General admission is $5 and an unwrapped toy worth $20+. Admission to the Ultra Lounge is $50, while VIP Donor access is $250. For more information, visit forthekid.org.