Congratulations to all Tildenites for holding another successful Toys for Tots event. Paul & Jimmy’s was packed to overflowing with more than 70 seated guests who enjoyed a delicious lunch; dozens of other friends stopped in to enjoy the festivities. Guests were entertained by our own Adam Smale and Jane Barry, whose beautiful, jazz-inspred rendition of “God Bless America” brought the crowd to its feet. In celebration, Tildenites ‘lit up’ their new Tilden flashlight pens to provide a light show.
We were joined by a cavalcade of our elected officials, including State Senator Brad Hoylman, State Senator Liz Krueger, and Comptroller Scott Stringer, and many judges and judicial candidates. A soecial shout-out of thanks was given to the event committee, which included Genevieve Cervera, Kate Waterman, Louise Dankberg, Pat Levenson, Laura Koestler, Paula Schaeffer and club President Mark Thompson. Sandy Hecker (our own “Paparazzi to the Stars”) documented the event and will be posting her photos on Facebook. This year’s event was the largest, most successful and most enjoyable so far thanks to everyone’s hard work.
The reason for the event was to raise funds to donate (in addition to our street fair proceeds) to local charities. This year we provided large donations to the Bellevue Hospital clothing room, the Stein Senior Center’s Alzheimers programs, and Beth Israel Hospital for toys for children staying in the hospital over the holidays.