Kenny Rogers is partnering with the Bergen Performing Arts Center and the Englewood Fire Department in Englewood, New Jersey to collect toys for children in need in Bergen County, an area of New Jersey hit hard by Hurricane Sandy. Kenny will bring his Christmas and Hits Tour with special guest Billy Dean to the Bergen PAC on December 19 and will match up to $10,000 to purchase toys for the drive. Additionally, Fisher-Price has donated 200 toys and Mattel is offering a special discount on toys purchased with monetary donations raised during the drive.
“As I sit here day after day watching on TV what has happened to the people of your state, I keep thinking and praying for everyone ‘up there’ and I realized ‘I’m going ‘up there,’” Kenny said. “It’s really tragic to see, as an outsider, all the destruction that has taken place – the lives, the houses and the businesses that have all been lost. What really breaks my heart, though, is to think of all the kids in the community without toys this Christmas. That should never happen.”
“Bergen Performing Arts Center exists first and foremost to benefit the community and we appreciate the opportunity to contribute in yet another way through this toy drive,” Bergen Performing Arts Center CEO Dominic Roncace said. “Our thanks go out to Kenny Rogers and the Englewood Fire Department for their thoughtfulness, generosity, and great efforts to help children and families hardest hit by Hurricane Sandy. We look forward to a stellar turnout at Kenny’s show on December 19th, which will surely be a night to remember, and also a generous response for the kids to brighten up their holidays during these trying times.”
“The Englewood Fire Department is very excited to be partnering with Mr. Kenny Rogers and the bergenPAC this holiday season for our annual toy drive,” Ray Rodriguez, Lieutenant – Englewood Fire Department said. “On behalf of the hundreds of families we will be helping this year, I would like to send a heartfelt thank you. The best part of our annual toy drive is seeing the smiles on the kids’ faces when we give them their bag full of toys. For that I am grateful to Mr. Kenny Rogers and the bergenPAC. I encourage everyone in the community to be a part of Kenny Rogers’ generous matching gift offer.”
For those interested in helping, donations to the toy drive can be made in three ways:
1) Monetary donations sent to the bergenPAC in advance. Checks should be made out to: Bergen Performing Arts Center and must include TOY DRIVE in the memo of the check. The mailing address is: Bergen Performing Arts Center – Attn. TOY DRIVE – 30 North Van Brunt Street – Englewood, NJ 07631.
2) Monetary donations collected the night of Rogers’ concert. Cash, checks and credit cards accepted. Checks should be made out to: Bergen Performing Arts Center and must include TOY DRIVE in the memo of the check.
3) New, unwrapped toys will be collected at bergenPAC on the night of Rogers’ concert.