HYPE Tons of Toys
Jeff Roux B.S. Exercise Science 12/20/11
On Wednesday, December 14, HYPE (Hartford Young Professionals and Entrepreneurs) held its annual Tons of Toys event at the Gershon Fox Ball Room at 960 Main. Nearly 300 people attended the event and HYPE collected 1,410 toys, topping last year’s count of 950 toys collected. Excel Fitness’ Co-Owners Shawn O’Brien and Jeff Roux were present to donate over 50 toys they collected at their personal fitness center. Mr. O’Brien stated, “It’s great that over 1400 local kids will have smiles this Christmas.” “Hosting a toy drive is such a simple thing to do to raise awareness and give back to our community. We are thankful to be a part of this growing event and to have such generous members and friends who donated,” added Mr. Roux.
All of the toys collected will once again be donated to 96.5 TIC’s We Are the Children.
HYPEsters have been supportive of Tons of Toys since the first event five years ago, and this is Excel Fitness’ second year collecting toys for the community.