acs_0020Thanks in large part to the support of the local community, this year’s Toys for Toga campaign was a huge success, collecting more than 3,200 toys and raising nearly $9,000 for three local charities: Franklin Community Center, CAPTAIN Community Human Services and Mechanicville Area Community Services Center.

Toys for Toga, an idea to help provide local children with toys for the holidays, began six years ago thanks to DeCrescente Distributing Company (DDC), Discover Saratoga and the now closed Saratoga Brewery. This year, Druthers Brewing Company graciously joined the team, adding new energy to the Toys for Toga campaign.

“The brothers from Druthers, Scott, Brian and Chris Martell, really stepped up this year and were a huge part of making the program a success,” said MacKenzie Zarzycki, communications manager at DDC. “We also couldn’t have done 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 new and returning participants on board. Once again, Death Wish Coffee Company traded more than 1,200 bags of coffee for new, unwrapped toys. Henry Street Taproom raised an impressive $3,015 at their Christmas brunch. The Saratoga Springs Downtown Business Association, The Mill on Round Lake and DZ Restaurants each raised over $600 for the three local charities.

Other impressive Toys for Toga participants included Metabolic Meltdown of Saratoga Springs, The Brick Tavern & Grille, Pasta Pane, Saratoga City Tavern and Kings Tavern who all collected multiple boxes of toys for local children this holiday season.

“This is a true community effort with so many businesses working together to help so many local families,” said Zarzycki. “We are incredibly appreciative of everyone’s help this year. Together, we are making our community a better place.”

About DeCrescente Distributing Company:
DeCrescente Distributing Company (DDC) is a fourth-generation beverage distributor, family-owned and operated since 1948. DDC takes great pride in its employees, customer service and community involvement. Most notably, DDC was awarded Best Places to Work in the Capital Region for the ninth consecutive year and employs more than 400 people. Some of the company’s brands include Polar, Snapple, Saratoga Water, MillerCoors, Boston Beer Co., New Belgium, Heineken, Corona, Yuengling, FX Matt Brewing Company, and Guinness. DDC 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, Druthers Brewing, Saratoga Winery, and Saratoga Courage Distillery. For more information, please visit