Total Amount Raised: $12,956.46
Our Toys For Tots Holiday Fundraisers have been so successful over the years, we brought it back again for 2009. Our phenomenal success is thanks to some very generous sponsors and some great bidders that have grabbed some outstanding deals on wakeboarding equipment while helping a good cause. Your efforts have made a lot of underprivileged children's holidays a lot brighter. Together we've raised over $34,000 since 2004, which has been donated to the U.S. Marine Corps Toys For Tots program.
For 2009, sponsors jumped on the holiday spirit like never before and donated OVER $80,000 worth of wakeboarding gear packages! Tige Boats even went so far as to include a boat in the auction!! Then the ever-generous readers of WakeWorld took over and bid like crazy on all 100 items! All auctions ran for a week and we had another great year generating almost $13,000 for U.S. Marine Corps Toys For Tots.
The fun part comes when we take the money raised and see how much we can spend with one trip to the toy store. My wife and three kids join in and we've made it a family tradition. Five shopping carts, a long bed truck and the spirit of competition to see who can leave the store with the most toys makes it something the kids look forward to every year. This year we even had some rain added to the mix to make it extra fun!
$5,000 And 452 toys and bikes later, we headed down to our local NBC affiliate's toy drive to drop off the toys and present the Marine Corps with a check for the balance. We even got to do it live on the local news! Since we brought a video camera along, you can see for yourself the result of all this generosity...
These are the companies that were kind enough to kick in some goodies...
Check out the auction packages that were available for you to bid on. All profits from the autions went towards the purchase of toys for the U.S. Marine Corps Toys For Tots program.
Toys For Tots collects new, unwrapped toys during October, November and December each year and distributes those toys as Christmas gifts to needy children in the community. The primary goal of Toys for Tots is to deliver, through a shiny new toy at Christmas, a message of hope to needy youngsters that will motivate them to grow into responsible, productive, patriotic citizens and community leaders.