Annual Santa Pub Crawl provides fun while raising money for Toys for Tots

Kristina Thomas, Feature Writer
December 7, 2012
Filed under Top Stories, Wright Life

The annual Santa Pub Crawl will benefit Toys for Tots. It will be held on Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012 from 5:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. The Santa Pub will take place at various taverns throughout the Oregon District.

“Students should come to the event because it helps the community and it’s fun. There is going to be a costume contest and giveaways to raise money for Toys for Tots,” Brian Young, co-founder of the Santa Pub Crawl, said.

According to Young, this is the eighth year of the fundraiser. Along with himself, Ryann McCoy and Ashley Simon have been helping to make this fundraiser possible. He got the idea from a friend who did it in Denver.

“During our first year we had only about fourteen people helping and it slowly grew from there,” Young said. “We linked up with another group from Wright-Patt Air Force Base and about 50 to 70 people are now working together to make it successful.”

Last year, the event raised more than $2,500 for Toys for Tots and Montgomery County Children Services. The goal this year for the fundraiser is for 400-500 people to attend and to raise $5,000.

Cost of admission is a $10 unwrapped toy or a $10 cash donation. Unwrapped toys and money may be dropped off at either the Dublin Pub or Trolley Stop at the start of the event. Anyone who wears a holiday costume will not have to pay a cover charge at any of the participating taverns listed below.

A holiday costume contest will be held during the event and winners will be announced at Blind Bob’s between 9 p.m. and 10 p.m.

The schedule of participating taverns for this year’s Santa Pub Crawl is as follows:

Dublin Pub: 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Trolley Stop: 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Tumbleweed: 8 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Blind Bob’s: 9 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Oregon Express: 10 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Ned Pepper’s: 11 p.m. to 12 a.m.

Pulse: 12 a.m. to closing.

 

“This year we are giving away more gift certificates and prizes,” Young said. “My favorite part of this fundraiser is getting people excited about it and the contest. The more you dress up and get into the spirit the more you’ll have fun and you’re also helping the community.”

Planning for this event started in late September, but they are still accepting volunteers. Young also advises attendants not to drink excessively during the event.

“We want this to be fun and we don’t like it when people have been drinking too much and have to be asked to leave,” Young said.

For more information contact Brian Young at brian_young3@yahoo.com.

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