Toys For Toga, an idea to help provide local children with toys for the holidays, began five years ago thanks to Saratoga Brewery, DeCrescente Distributing Company (DDC) and Saratoga Convention & Tourism Bureau (SCTB). Over the years, Toys For Toga has seen significant growth in both participation and overall donations.
“We’re blown away by the level of participation this year,” said Max Oswald, General Manager of Saratoga Brewing. “We couldn’t do this without the continued support of the local bars and restaurants and their patrons.”
This year’s Toys For Toga campaign was a collaborative effort with a record high 73 participants. Once again, Death Wish Coffee Company traded more than 600 bags of coffee for new, unwrapped toys. The Skidmore College hockey team raised $2,500 for Toys For Toga through their custom jersey auction.
Longtime supporters The Barrelhouse, DZ Restaurants (Forno Bistro, Chianti and Boca Bistro), Caroline Street Pub, King’s Tavern, and Quarters all collected toys and raised cash at impressive levels. Even first-time participant, Silver Breeze, donated more than 100 Lego watches.
“This is a true community effort with so many businesses working together to help so many local families,” said Oswald.
Toys and checks will be presented to Franklin Community Center, CAPTAIN Youth and Family Services and Mechanicville Area Community Services Center on Thursday, December 21, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. at the Saratoga Brewing Tap Room located at 131 Excelsior Ave in Saratoga Springs. Media and guests are invited to attend from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. to enjoy light appetizers and beverages plus a short presentation and photo opportunity.
About DeCrescente Distributing Company
DeCrescente Distributing Company is a fourth-generation beverage distributor, family-owned and operated since 1948. DeCrescente takes great pride in its employees, customer service and community involvement. Most notably, DeCrescente was awarded Best Places to Work in the Capital Region for eight consecutive years and employs more than 400 people. Some of the company’s brands include MillerCoors, Boston Beer Co., New Belgium, Heineken, Brooklyn Brewery, Corona, Sierra Nevada, FX Matt Brewing Company, Yuengling, Guinness, Snapple, Saratoga Water, and Polar Beverages. DeCrescente also distributes a unique variety of local craft beers as well as wine and spirits. Some of the local favorites include Artisanal Brew Works, Adirondack Brewery, Brown’s Brewing, Saratoga Brewery, Druthers Brewing, and Saratoga Courage Distillery. For more information on DeCrescente Distributing Company, please visit our website www.ddcbev.com.
About Saratoga Brewing
Located in Historic Saratoga Springs NY, our team of 25 have carefully brewed and packaged handcrafted Ales and Lagers for enjoyment both locally and throughout the Northeast since 1999. We have a recently remodeled Tap Room and Company store offering samples of 20 different beers brewed right here on site and a wide selection of beer related items. Please visit www.oldesaratogabrew.com for information on our beer, upcoming events, hours, and tour times.
Saratoga Convention & Tourism Bureau
The mission of the Saratoga Convention and Tourism Bureau is to market and promote Saratoga Springs and Saratoga County as a world-class destination for meetings, conventions and special events. For information on how to schedule or plan a meeting, conference, convention, wedding, sports tournament of special event in Saratoga, visit the Saratoga Convention and Tourism Bureau’s website at www.discoversaratoga.org.