HOLLYWOOD—On Wednesday, December 9, Babes In Toyland, a charity toy drive benefiting The Midnight Mission, will be held at Avalon Hollywood, located at 1735 Vine Street from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Babes in Toyland, begun in 2008, has provided thousands of children in need the donation of toys during the holiday season by event attendees through local non-profit organizations, including Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Hope’s Haven, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and Promises2kids.
This year, Babes in Toyland will support The Midnight Mission, the oldest continuously operating human service organization in Los Angeles, with a mission to provide a path to self-sufficiency to men, women and children in need by offering emergency services, 12-step philosophy, job training, education and work programs.
Canyon News reached out to Midnight Mission for comment about the upcoming event. “We are delighted to partner with Steve Fowler for the 2015 Babes In Toyland event,” said Georgia Berkovich, Director of Public Affairs for The Midnight Mission.
“Our organization’s goal is to restore people to self-sufficiency and combat the issues surrounding homelessness. And, of the many services we provide, one of the most important is the sense of family we offer to those who often feel lost and forgotten during the holidays. The toys collected at this event will help ensure that most vulnerable, the children and families on Skid Row, will experience the joy, hope and cheer of the holiday. Together we can make a difference in the lives of the less fortunate in our community.”
Every year, The Midnight Mission hosts Christmas brunch and Santa’s Village, where thousands of homeless men, women, and children are welcomed on Christmas morning. During The Midnight Mission’s Santa’s Village, homeless and near-homeless children are given the opportunity to celebrate Christmas with Santa. Each child enters Santa’s Village and can choose from much needed toys contributed by Babes In Toyland via donations collected. According to a Babes in Toyland press release, “children can select gifts from thousands of toys, games, puzzles, stuffed animals, dolls, and sporting goods.”
The charity event, which is expected to have 1200 attendees, will be hosted by a variety of stars including, 2001 Playboy Playmate of The Year and NBC’s “Celebrity Apprentice” star Brande Roderick, “Sons of Anarchy” actress Kristen Renton, the NBA’s first female scout Bonnie-Jill Laflin, UFC Ring Girl Arianny Celeste, and playboy playmates of the year Jaclyn Svedberg, Kennedy Summers, and Raquel Pomplun.
This year will be the first time Babes in Toyland will incorporate “male babes,” featuring actors, models and athletes. Entertainment will be provided by nationally claimed Dj’s and musical artists as well as an honorary celebrity Santa Claus.
Canyon News asked Berkovich via e-mail about any particular male celebrities and musical entertainers who will be attending the event. She exclusively told Canyon News that the Babes In Toyland event runner Steve Fowler mentioned that some of the male models from America’s Next Top Model, fitness model Kyle Clarke, and MTV’s Mark Long are set to attend. In terms of entertainers, so far three Dj’s are booked, including Cool Whip, DJ LC and Lauren Pappas (Fit DJ). BYTHAX Gospel Choir is also scheduled to perform.
The event will have a VIP reception from 8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. and will have a full red carpet for the press. Tickets can be purchased at www.babesintoylandcharity.com