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Santa's last push? Oodles of toys and cash stack up as an impactful Houston charity ends its 25-year run

Santa's last push? Oodles of toys stack up as Houston charity ends run

19 Brenda Koch, left, and Gigi Huang at Joyful Toyful December 2014
Brenda Koch, left, and Gigi Huang. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
1 Janet and Fred Wahrlich at Joyful Toyful December 2014
Janet and Fred Wahrlich. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
22 Melinda Stubbs, left, and Celina Hellmund at Joyful Toyful December 2014
Melinda Stubbs, left, and Celina Hellmund. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
5 Judy Pryor, left, and Andy Delery at Joyful Toyful December 2014
Judy Pryor, left, and Andy Delery. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
2 Carol and Tom Sawyer at Joyful Toyful December 2014
Carol and Tom Sawyer. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
21 Edie Saville, left, and Linda Brown at Joyful Toyful December 2014
Edie Saville, left, and Linda Brown. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
20 Mark Boots and Rachel Price at Joyful Toyful December 2014
Mark Boots and Rachel Price. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
17 Don Nelson and Margaret O’Brien-Molina at Joyful Toyful December 2014
Don Nelson and Margaret O’Brien-Molina. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
14 Kim Padgett, left, and Laurette Veres at Joyful Toyful December 2014
Kim Padgett, left, and Laurette Veres. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
13 Laverne and Henry Su at Joyful Toyful December 2014
Laverne and Henry Su. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
12 Cari and Hector Sepulveda at Joyful Toyful December 2014
Cari and Hector Sepulveda. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
11 Luis Acevado, from left, Nelly Quijano and David and Lindsay Glaser at Joyful Toyful December 2014
Luis Acevado, from left, Nelly Quijano and David and Lindsay Glaser. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
7 Sher and Bryan Harris at Joyful Toyful December 2014
Sher and Bryan Harris. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
9 Alexandra Smoots and Jose Medrano at Joyful Toyful December 2014.
Alexandra Smoots and Jose Medrano. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
4 Keith and Melinda Landsness, left, with Don Sweat at Joyful Toyful December 2014
Keith and Melinda Landsness, left, with Don Sweat. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
19 Brenda Koch, left, and Gigi Huang at Joyful Toyful December 2014
1 Janet and Fred Wahrlich at Joyful Toyful December 2014
22 Melinda Stubbs, left, and Celina Hellmund at Joyful Toyful December 2014
5 Judy Pryor, left, and Andy Delery at Joyful Toyful December 2014
2 Carol and Tom Sawyer at Joyful Toyful December 2014
21 Edie Saville, left, and Linda Brown at Joyful Toyful December 2014
20 Mark Boots and Rachel Price at Joyful Toyful December 2014
17 Don Nelson and Margaret O’Brien-Molina at Joyful Toyful December 2014
14 Kim Padgett, left, and Laurette Veres at Joyful Toyful December 2014
13 Laverne and Henry Su at Joyful Toyful December 2014
12 Cari and Hector Sepulveda at Joyful Toyful December 2014
11 Luis Acevado, from left, Nelly Quijano and David and Lindsay Glaser at Joyful Toyful December 2014
7 Sher and Bryan Harris at Joyful Toyful December 2014
9 Alexandra Smoots and Jose Medrano at Joyful Toyful December 2014.
4 Keith and Melinda Landsness, left, with Don Sweat at Joyful Toyful December 2014

The Carmen and David Bridges Joyful Toyful has had a great run since its founding 25 years ago, having gifted more than $1 million in cash grants and nearly that much in toys to six children's charities. With the final holiday bash, which took place at Ibiza, the non-profit gifted each group with $22,000 plus towering stacks of toys.

It was a poignant end to the always feel-good evening. "It has been such a privilege and honor to lead this charity and see the gratitude on the children's faces when we deliver the holiday gifts," said Fred Wahrlich, president of the board of Joyful Toyful.  "The generosity of our Board and the community has been overwhelming. We will always be grateful to founders Andy Delery and the late Carmen and David Bridges for their vision."

That generosity has enriched the coffers of Boys and Girls Harbor, Casa de Esperanza de Los Ninos, Our Lady of Guadalupe School, The Forge for Families and Volunteer Houston and made Christmas a bit happier for the children the charities serve.

The cocktail reception in the private room of Ibiza, where the stacks of toys grew and grew and where middle school carolers provided sounds of the season, and the seated dinner with wine pairings were underwritten by chef Charles Clark and his business partner Grant Cooper of Clark Cooper Concepts.

Joining in the final celebration were Janet Wahrlich, Andy Delery, Gigi Huang, Carol and Tom Sawyer, Melinda and Keith Landsness, Celina Hellmund, Melinda Stubbs, Grace and Robert Givens, Sheryl and Joel Androphy, Cher and Bryan Harris and Elizabeth and Sienna Harvey.