The staffs of XS and Tryst Nightclubs gathered for their annual donation to KLUC Morning Zoo’s toy drive on Wednesday morning, breaking the event’s previous record set by the clubs last year with a total of more than $172,000 in toys this year. The staff raises money all year long, collecting a portion of their tips and personal contributions to make the donation possible.
This year the team’s contribution marked a total contribution record of more than a half million dollars in toys given over the past seven years to the children of Southern Nevada. In honor of this feat, Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman proclaimed today “XS and Tryst Day” to honor their dedication and involvement.
“Our staff works tirelessly all year round to create the best nightlife experience in the world, and today is a day for them to have fun together as a team while giving back,” said Jesse Waits, managing partner of XS and Tryst. “I’m so proud of the dedication they have shown to our community year in and year out, and they are incredibly deserving of the honor declared throughout the city by Mayor Goodman.”
More than 100 employees gathered at Wal-Mart at 10 a.m., taking over the toy department and stuffing their carts with everything in sight, from soccer balls to Barbie’s, Transformers to skateboards. This year’s efforts added up to more than 10,000 toys and 192 bikes. The donation filled four semi-trucks that flowed into the event like a parade behind more than 50 cars, 20 motorcycles and 10 police cars and a fire engine escort. The final receipt stretched out 150 feet and was raised from Morning Host and Toy Drive Organizer Chet Buchanan’s scaffolding to show the full effect.
This is the nightclubs’ seventh year donating to the drive that assists HELP of Southern Nevada, a 501-C3 organization started in 1970 with the mission “to assist individual and families to become self sufficient through direct services, training and referral.” Last year’s donation of $171,000 in toys was the previous single donation record to the event, which is one of the largest and longest running single location toy drives in the world.
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