Support local kids at GRF’s annual Toy Drive Dance
The GRF Toy Drive Christmas Show will be Saturday, Dec. 9, in Clubhouse 4. Doors open at 6 p.m., with live entertainment starting at 7. All residents and their guests are invited. Entrance is free, but each attendee must bring a new, unwrapped toy (no stuffed animals).
Last year, one of GRF’s own, Physical Property Inspector Mike Meza, brought to GRF’s attention a charity he is part of that provides toys to local Orange County kids. The Marines, who run Toys for Tots, changed their procedures this year and will not collect in Leisure World Seal Beach, but GRF is thrilled to support the Brown Descents Car Club Association. At last year’s event, the nonprofit collected toys for over 250 kids and are hoping to top that this year.
The club is a 501(c)3 charity that collects toys every year for local youth and provides scholarships to disadvantaged teens. The group took inspiration from the car clubs that have been a local tradition hailing back to the ‘70s that acted as a way for minority communities to socialize. The group’s car club events offered the same sense of community for more than eight years. For years, GRF has also been donating leftover toys that were not picked up by the Marines to the Brown Descents.
The show’s musical entertainment will be provided by Legends of Rock, a band that has carved out a reputation in Orange County, playing the top rock tunes from the ‘50s through the ‘80s. Led by Jon Pearlstone, the group performs monthly under the LW Pickleball Club and always fills the house.
The festivities will include complimentary cookies and hot beverages provided by Optum Care along with some giveaways for the kids-at-heart. Santa and his elves will be on hand to collect gifts.
People can drop off their unwrapped toys at the Security Main Gate, North Gate, St. Andrews Gate or the Security Satellite Office in Building 5 in the boxes provided, or bring them to the show.