The Carmen and David Bridges Joyful Toyful Fiesta Hosts Final Holiday Toy Drive and Fundraiser Dinner

Jo-Carolyn Goode | 11/3/2014, 5:13 p.m.
Joyful Toyful Fiesta (JTF), Inc, a local non-profit organization committed to helping underprivileged youth during the holiday season, is winding ...

HOUSTON (November 3, 2014) - Joyful Toyful Fiesta (JTF), Inc, a local non-profit organization committed to helping underprivileged youth during the holiday season, is winding down for its last holiday toy drive after 25 years. The final holiday toy drive will begin on November 3, 2014 and end on December 5, 2014.

Joyful Toyful Fiesta (JTF), Inc, a 501 (c)(3) organization, was founded in 1989 by David and Carmen Bridges and Andy Delery to provide holiday presents to children in need in the greater Houston area. Over 25 years, JFT has raised $997,000 for cash grants and $873,000 in toys for local children's charities. As of 2013,the organization distributed over $1.8 million to Houston non-profit organizations. In its final year, various business locations will serve as donation drop sites for holiday gifts leading to the Final Joyful Toyful Wine Pairing Dinner generously underwritten by Ibiza Food & Wine Bar and Clark Cooper Concepts.

All gifts and proceeds benefit local charities: Boys and Girls Harbor, Casa de Esperanza de Los NiƱos, Our Lady of Guadalupe School, The Forge for Families, and Volunteer Houston. Joyful Toyful charities are also beneficiaries of The Houstonian Club Holiday Market held on Thursday, December 4, 2014.

"We're proud of all of our supporters and are grateful for all the toys and donations received throughout the years. It's been an honor to give holiday cheer to many children across the Houston area, and to know that every dollar raised from our supporters goes to benefit our charities," said Fred Wahrlich, President and Chairman of the Board.

The toy drive will culminate with a final Joyful Toyful wine pairing dinner and live auction with auctioneer and Master of Ceremonies, Tom Koch of KTRK ABC 13. Dinner will be held on Monday, December 8, 2014 at Ibiza Food and Wine Bar in the Midtown area from 6-9:30 p.m. Tickets range from $300 for an individual ticket to $10,000 for preferred seating for eight. For reservations, please call 713-899-3316.

The following 15 businesses have committed to serve as donation drop sites including during the month of November:

Donation sites:

Adams & Reese, LLP

1221 McKinney St., Suite 4400

Houston, TX 77010

Brown Sims P.C.

1177 West Loop South, 10th floor

Houston, 77027

Charles Schwab

5346B Westheimer

Houston, TX 77056

Clarity Financial

2603 Augusta Dr., Suite 420

Houston, TX 77057

Fuller Realty Partners, LLC

1800 Augusta Dr, 4th floor

Houston, 77057

The Houstonian Hotel, Club and Spa

111 North Post Oak Lane

Houston, TX 77024

IW Marks Jewelers

3841 Bellaire Blvd

Houston, TX 77025

Martha Turner Properties

50 Briar Hollow, Suite 700 West

Houston, TX 77027

Martha Turner Properties

12506 Memorial Drive

Houston, TX 77024

Martha Turner Bay Area

1345 Space Park, Suite B

Nassau Bay, TX 77058

Martha Turner Woodlands

1440 Lake Front Circle, #190

The Woodlands, TX 77380

Munsch Hardt Kopf and Harr, PC

700 Milam, Suite 2700

Houston, TX 77002

The Redstone Building

109 North Post Oak Lane

Houston, TX 77024

Start & Busch, LLC

3720 Decker Drive

Baytown, TX 77520

Transwestern Commercial Services

950 Echo Lane

Houston, TX 77024

Ticket Pricing:

Treetop Angel $10,000 - Preferred Seating for Eight

Santa's Reindeer $5,000 - Preferred Seating for Eight

Santa's Workshop $3,000 - Table for Eight

Elf Squad $1,000 - Patron Couple, Two Tickets

Candy Cane $300 - Individual Ticket

Those who wish to contribute funds or toys, please bring new unwrapped toys, books and games for ages ranging from infants to high school students to one of the listed locations.

For more information about the JTF toy drive or to purchase tickets to the final Joyful Toyful dinner please contact: Janet Wahrlich at 713-899-3316 or at

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