Dec. 11, 2017 By Nathaly Pesantez
Sunnyside bars will be hosting a “Santathon” this weekend for the sixth year in a row to raise money for kids this holiday season.
The event will begin at 3 p.m. on Dec. 16 and go until late, where a lineup of neighborhood bars near and on Queens Boulevard will offer drink specials to participants who are encouraged to bring on their holiday A-game with Santa Claus costumes.
Participants can buy $10 wrist bands at the nine participating bars for $5 drink specials. A raffle card will also be distributed, with a top prize of a $500 bar tab for those dressed in their “best Santa attire”.
The money raised during the Santathon, a play on the annual SantaCon pub crawl, will go toward purchasing toys and warm clothing for children via local charities like The Floating Hospital’s Candy Cane Lane.
The nine bars are also currently accepting new toys and monetary donations up until Christmas. Check with the bar of your choice on the best way to drop off your donations.
Lat year’s Santathon saw $3,000 go toward buying toys and warm clothing for kids through six charity programs, including the Queen of Angels in Sunnyside, Hour Children in LIC, and the Mission Church in Corona.
The participating bars, part of the Sunnyside Boulevard Bars group formed in 2012, are:
Arriba Arriba Sunnyside
The Courtyard Ale House
Maggie Mae’s Bar
Jack’s Fire Dept