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4,000 toys and a sleigh of money at a hot Houston restaurant equal a whole lot of holiday for needy kids

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4 Edie Saville, from left, Andy Delery and Celina Hellmund at Joyful Toyful December 2013
Edie Saville, from left, Andy Delery and Celina Hellmund at Joyful Toyful. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
10 Janet and Fred Wahrlich at Joyful Toyful December 2013
Organizers Janet and Fred Wahrlich at the Joyful Toyful party at Ibiza. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
7 Chris Kase and Tom Koch at Joyful Toyful December 2013
Chris Kase and emcee Tom Koch at the Joyful Toyful party t Ibiza. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
16 Kenneth Burke, left, and Jeff Conger at Joyful Toyful December 2013
Executive sous chef Kenneth Burke, left, and Ibiza general manager Jeff Conger at theJoyful Toyful party. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
1 Doreen Crappito, from left, Carol Sawyer and Frank Crappito at Joyful Toyful December 2013
Doreen Crappito, from left, Carol Sawyer and Frank Crappito at the Joyful Toyful party at Ibiza. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
19 Philip Blum, left, and Jerry Martin at Joyful Toyful December 2013
Philip Blum, left, and KPRC general manager Jerry Martin at Joyful Toyful. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
17 Joyful Toyful Elves at Joyful Toyful December 2013
Joyful Toyful elves load the truck with the 4,000 toys that will be distributed to five charities. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
14 Henry and Doe Florsheim at Joyful Toyful December 2013
KTRK general manager Henry Forsheim and wife Doe Florsheim at Joyful Toyful. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
6 Amy Robinette, from left, Hal Martin and Franelle Rogers at Joyful Toyful December 2013
Amy Robinette, from left, Hal Martin and Franelle Rogers at Joyful Toyful. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
2 Kim Padgett, from left, Shelley Reeves and Evelyn Fasnacht at Joyful Toyful December 2013
Kim Padgett, from left, Shelley Reeves and Evelyn Fasnacht at the Joyful Toyful party at Ibiza. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
12 Erik and Peggy Carrington, from left, with Kim Rolland at Joyful Toyful December 2013
Erik and Peggy Carrington, from left, with Kim Rolland at the Joyful Toyful party at Ibiza. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
18 Jennifer Frank and Michael Harvey at Joyful Toyful December 2013
Jennifer Frank and Michael Harvey at Joyful Toyful. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
13 Joel and Sheryl Androphy, from left, with Jeff Friedman at Joyful Toyful December 2013
Joel and Sheryl Androphy, from left, with Jeff Friedman at Joyful Toyful. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
11 Richard Rolland, from left, Jack Lewis, Richard Dole and Dr. Tom Sawyer at Joyful Toyful December 2013
Richard Rolland, from left, Jack Lewis, Richard Dole and Dr. Tom Sawyer at Joyful Toyful. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
9 Sheri Feldman, from left, Mark Faigen and Liam Faigen at Joyful Toyful December 2013
Sheri Feldman, from left, Mark Faigen and Liam Faigen at Joyful Toyful. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
3 Hailey and Mark Stevens at Joyful Toyful December 2013
Hailey and Mark Stevens at the Joyful Toyful party at Ibiza. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
8 Cricket and Daniel DeWalch at Joyful Toyful December 2013
Cricket and Daniel DeWalch at Joyful Toyful. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
5 Susan and Daniel Marks at Joyful Toyful December 2013
Susan and Daniel Marks at the Joyful Toyful party at Ibiza. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
4 Edie Saville, from left, Andy Delery and Celina Hellmund at Joyful Toyful December 2013
10 Janet and Fred Wahrlich at Joyful Toyful December 2013
7 Chris Kase and Tom Koch at Joyful Toyful December 2013
16 Kenneth Burke, left, and Jeff Conger at Joyful Toyful December 2013
1 Doreen Crappito, from left, Carol Sawyer and Frank Crappito at Joyful Toyful December 2013
19 Philip Blum, left, and Jerry Martin at Joyful Toyful December 2013
17 Joyful Toyful Elves at Joyful Toyful December 2013
14 Henry and Doe Florsheim at Joyful Toyful December 2013
6 Amy Robinette, from left, Hal Martin and Franelle Rogers at Joyful Toyful December 2013
2 Kim Padgett, from left, Shelley Reeves and Evelyn Fasnacht at Joyful Toyful December 2013
12 Erik and Peggy Carrington, from left, with Kim Rolland at Joyful Toyful December 2013
18 Jennifer Frank and Michael Harvey at Joyful Toyful December 2013
13 Joel and Sheryl Androphy, from left, with Jeff Friedman at Joyful Toyful December 2013
11 Richard Rolland, from left, Jack Lewis, Richard Dole and Dr. Tom Sawyer at Joyful Toyful December 2013
9 Sheri Feldman, from left, Mark Faigen and Liam Faigen at Joyful Toyful December 2013
3 Hailey and Mark Stevens at Joyful Toyful December 2013
8 Cricket and Daniel DeWalch at Joyful Toyful December 2013
5 Susan and Daniel Marks at Joyful Toyful December 2013

It was a jolly rollicking evening at Ibiza when owners Charles Clark and Grant Cooper opened the doors to their midtown eatery and put on a festive party for supporters of the 24th annual Joyful Toyful. Guests arrived to schmooze in the restaurant's party room filled with 4,000 toys and with knowledge that each of the five charities would receive a minimum donation of $18,000.

Thanks to the Ibiza team, food, wine and service were donated to the cause — no small commitment when feeding more than 160 guests. Putting it all together Monday night were Ibiza general manager Jeff Conger, events manager Cody Hughes and executive sous chef Kenneth Burke, standing in for Clark, who was stranded in New York due to the snowy East Coast weather.

The merry band, a few in Santa hats, dined on tasty dinner of  fresh arugula and spinach salad, Wagyu beef short ribs with white cheddar grits and a yummy assortment of bite-sized desserts. The latter washed down with Noval Black Port. 

Rather than designate specific chairs for this year's fundraiser, the Joyful Toyful board, under leadership of president Fred Wahrlich, organized the very merry evening. Among them were co-founder Andy Delery, Janet Wahrlich, Carol and Dr. Tom Sawyer, Kim Padgett, Chris Kase, Edie Saville, Susan and David Marks, Richard Dole, Grace Givens, Mark Faigen and Channel 13 KTRK's Tom Koch, who served as emcee.

The toys and proceeds are making their way to Boys & Girls Harbor, Casa de Esperanza de Los Niños, Our Lady of Guadalupe School, The Forge for Families and Volunteer Houston.

Joining in this jingle bell rocking party were Franelle Rogers, Celina Hellmund, Jerry Martin, Shelley Reeves, Mark Stevens, Amy Robinette and Hal Martin, Doe and Henry Florsheim, Peggy and Erik Carrington, Sheryl and Joel Androphy, Doreen and Frank Crappito and Kim Rolland.

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