November 30, By Jackie Strawbridge
The fourth annual Santathon will bring good cheer and charity to Sunnyside’s neighborhood bars this weekend.
Santathon is a pub crawl for charity presented by Sunnyside’s Boulevard Bars, a group of nine bars and restaurants on and around Queens Boulevard. Participants – typically costumed as Santa or other North Pole characters – are required to purchase a $10 wristband, which will entitle them to $4 and $5 drink specials at the Boulevard Bars; all proceeds from the wristbands will go towards buying toys for local kids in need this holiday season.
This year’s event will take place Dec. 5 starting at 3 p.m.
The participating establishments are Jack’s Fire Dept., Bar 43, the Courtyard Ale House, Maggie Mae’s, the Gaslight, Arriba Arriba, Sidetracks, Molly Blooms and McGuinness’s Saloon. These locations will also be collecting new and unwrapped toy donations from now until Dec. 21.
“The gifts are always abundant from all the people who participate,” Brian McGowan, owner of Jack’s Fire Dept., said. “Everybody’s in a very good mood around this time of year.”
Over the past three years, Santathon has raised more than $20,000 in monetary and toy donations, according to a release from Sunnyside’s Boulevard Bars.
“It’s pretty fun to see everybody in the spirit, dressing up,” McGowan added. “It’s just a fun day to get around to the other bars you might not have a chance throughout the year to [visit].”
More information is available on the Sunnyside’s Boulevard Bars Facebook page.