- Published on Monday, 13 January 2014 15:19
- Written by Emily Barlow
It was another "Happy" year in Downtown Cape as people joined together for the 12th Annual Happy Slapowitz's Toy Bash.
Started as a Christmas party among roommates, the goal was to have a party for more than just fun. They would do it for a cause. The Happy Slapowitz's Toy Bash quickly outgrew its surroundings and moved to Downtown Cape, expanding over the years.
Since the pilot event in 2001, the goal has been the same: to collect toys for those less fortunate. This year certainly didn't fall short of that goal as they surpassed their previous record. Ryan Eftink, a man you will find working hard all year round to make each event better than the last, was proud to announce that they exceeded last year's total…by a whopping $2,800. The grand total raised was $20,800. He estimates that over 1,800 people participated in this years event, which is up about 600 people over last year's estimate.
Eftink offered a big thank you to the Happy Crew who dedicated time to helping. "This wouldn't be possible without all that our supporters have done," he said. Promoting the event, donating raffle items, collecting toys and money at the venues, and shopping for toys with the money collected after the event are many things volunteers did to help out. Eftink also thanks all nine of the participating bands who donated their time and talents.
As for next year, the date is already set for December 11, 2014. "We are always looking for new people to help out, especially people who haven't before so they can see what it's all about." Eftink said. Planning begins in January, so those wishing to volunteer are invited to send them a message through the Toy Bash page on Facebook.