December 7, 2013

Bronx entrepreneurs come together to bring toys to local kids for Christmas

On Wednesday, December 4th, local business owners gathered in the Throggs Neck section of the Bronx to participate in a Toys for Tots event for local Bronx kids. The event was organized by Clarisel Gonzalez of the Bronx Entrepreneurs and Business Network (BEBN), Evelyn Torres of The Foxy Family Organization, and Thirty3 Sixty 3 Restaurant. It was an opportunity for local businesses and organizations to come together at the Jolly Holiday Network & Toy Drive and collect almost 75 toys for local kids. Foxy Family, a Bronx-based nonprofit organization that provides primary services to women, men and children who are exposed to and experiencing domestic violence. will distribute the toys to Bronx kids on Dec. 21 at another jolly holiday gathering.

In addition to the toy drive, almost a dozen of the participants received awards from the BEBN for their contributions over the past year. These entrepreneurs incorporate giving back to the Bronx community as part of their everyday business, and the award "... recognizes entrepreneurs, small business and local leaders who have lived up to [BEBN's] business and social mission of informing, empowering, and building community in their personal and/or professional lives." 

The 2013 BEBN Award winners are: George Acevedo, Bronx Women's Business Resource Center; Jacqueline Acevedo-Villanueva, MAS, Inc.; Nina Cochran, CodeNYC; Ed Garcia Conde, Welcome to the Bronx; Mariposa Maria Teresa Fernandez, Poetry for Entrepreneurs; Alexandra Maruri, MCNY Tours; Maribel Mercado, Amapola Events Planning; Nicole Perrino, BronxMama; Cheryl Sanchez, The NetWorks Organization; and Evelyn Torres, Foxy Family.

To see additional pictures from the event, check out our Facebook Page album.

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  1. Update: About 160 toys were raised at that event and donated to the Foxy Family. The toys will be distributed at The Jolly Holiday Community Annual Children's Gathering/Toy Giveaway in the Bronx this Saturday.