Dec. 11, 2013 By Christian Murray
Hundreds of people, many dressed as Santa, took to the streets of Sunnyside on Saturday night to take part in an event that mixed fundraising with a good old fashioned pub crawl.
The attendees paid $10 for a bracelet (for charity) and were offered select drinks for $3 at 10 bars—in and around Queens Blvd. Over the course of the evening, there were Santas playing beer pong, singing karaoke and shooting pool throughout the area.
The attendees had a street map containing the 10 participating establishments—and bounced from place to place hoping to have a drink at each location before the night was through.
While many were dressed as Santas–or at least donned Santa hats– a handful dressed as elves. The partygoers were largely men and women in their 30s.
The event, which occurred without incident, helped raise more than $6,700. The funds are being spent on toys, which will be split among St. Teresa’s, St. Raphael’s and the 108 Police Precinct’s toy drives.
Some toys will also be going to an orphanage in Brooklyn and a homeless shelter.
Also anyone who didn’t know about this event can still donate toys or money to the participating bars which will still be distributed to the local charities. Thank you
Battleofboroughs!!! What are u talking about???the Sunnyside organization s about raising money for LOCAL charities. Maybe you are better informed than I am but I don’t know of any other borough donating money, food and toys to the needy people of Sunnyside . If u have nothing good to say then say nothing at all. All I know is there are a lot of very good people in Sunnyside.
It was a wonderful time and last nite the bars distributed the toys to the local charities at the united 40s Christmas party. They also donated money to st Theresa’s and st Raphael’s food pantrys. This weekend they are also going to the orphanage in Brooklyn to give them many many toys for the kids who are there. I think every bar had more than one beer special and most places just have mixed drink specials to anyone who asked for them. This organization was only started 14 months ago and so far they have raised about $25000 local charities. I think that s awesome .
Another wonderful contribution to the community by local business owners.
Wish they would have gotten a pic of my Santa daisy dukes.
I missed it this year but great job guys.
Doesn’t anyone think* of the children!!!!!
@Sunnysider: Thanks for reaching out to me. Most bars only had $3 Radeberger. Molly Blooms was kind enough to provide $3 Yuenglings and The Courtyard Ale House has $3 Magners. Ariba Ariba was the best place regarding drink special.
Get the word out to more distributors. Its for the children!!! Doesn’t anyone this of the children!!!!!
I worked for toys for tots, lot of black families got lots of nice stuff. It’s very rewarding.
It was listed on this site. More than once 🙂
I didn’t know it was on. You should list it here.
At “craic dealer”there was also many other beer and drink specials all day and night at the participating bars. The santathon had advertised on Facebook, in the queens section of the daily news , posters hung up everywhere on the boulevard and postcards handed out. We would love to hear any suggestions on other places where we can advertise and get more people involved. It was a fantastic success and thanks to everyone who helped bring a smile to a kids face this Christmas .
Bravo! Job well done folks!
This was fun but the Oktoberfest bar crawl on Skillman Ave had better beer. This Santathon was only sponsored by Radeberger Beer… gross.
i enjoyed seeing all of the santas with their hoes, hoes, hoes.
What a good lot of Christmas cheer!
Queens alternative to MH trash con. Loving Queens and gotta make this point just once 🙂 #battleofboroughs 🙂
What a great bunch of people …
..Happy kids for Christmas …………….
Question” Why don’t these good people advertise what they are going to do and more might come along and help ……….