LGBT Atlanta dressed in its holiday best on Saturday to celebrate the season while collecting toys and raising funds for organizations that help children in need.
The 14th Annual Toy Party & Silent Auction unfolded across two floors of Americas Mart 3 in downtown Atlanta with tasty treats, cocktails, a VIP lounge and silent auction. Toy Party also included appearances by drag perfomers Edie Cheezburger, Jaye Lish and Evah Destruction. The evening went afterhours with the official afterparty – the 4th Annual Snow Ball – at Ten.
Toy Party originated in 2003 with a group of gay friends that later turned into For The Kid In All Of Us, the non-profit that now operates the event. Toy Party has distributed more than 47,000 toys and gift cards while Backpack in the Park each summer – which debuted in 2006 – has given out nearly 18,000 backpacks filled with school supplies and gift cards. The events have raised some $474,000.
Beneficiaries include AID Atlanta, All About Developmental Disabilities, Atlanta Children's Shelter, Carrie Steele-Pitts Home, Childkind, CHRIS 180, Cool Girls, Cords of Life, Decatur Housing Authority, Devereux Georgia, East Lake Foundation, Easter Seals North Georgia, Hillside, Iglesia Monte Sinai Atlanta, Jerusalem House, Legacy of Pearls Foundation, Lutheran Services of Georgia, Malachi's Storehouse and SafePath Children's Advocacy Center.