Each year during the holidays, Chet Buchanan and the Morning Zoo host their annual holiday Toy Drive with “Help of Southern Nevada” (Helpsonv.org). The program is in it’s 16th year and has raised millions of dollars worth of toys for underprivileged children in Southern Nevada.
About the 98.5 KLUC Toy drive:
“Toy Drive would not be Toy Drive without “Tryst & XS Day.” The nightclubs at the Wynn and Encore Hotel Casino Resorts respectively, have held the single entity Toy Drive donation record for years. In our 16th year they did not disappoint.”
Headed by John Wood the staff collects cash throughout the year before going on a massive shopping spree for less fortunate children all over Southern Nevada. This year they contributed$195,468. That filled 12 50 foot Pepsi Trucks with toys. In addition, the nightclubs set a new single entity bike donation of 567 bikes and, as if that wasn’t enough, added nearly $15,000 to the Nevada State Bank cash and gift card tally.
The staff of XS and Tryst nightclubs donate money all year long towards the toy drive. On XS and Tryst day, the staff descend on Walmart and personally buy out all the toys, put them on trucks and deliver them to the drop off point at the NV Energy building on West Sahara.
XS Nightclub Toy Drive
For many of the Staff at XS and Tryst nightclubs, the toy drive is the highlight of their year and and extraordinary amount of work and planning go into the finale. This year they needed 12 semi-trailers as the amount of toys donated was so overwhelming.
John Wood, XS and Tryst senior executive director of VIP services said: “We do it for the kids, that’s what drives us and motivates us every year.”
Special Thanks to all the staff members of XS and Tryst Nightclubs
About HELP of Southern Nevada:
HELP of Southern Nevada operates nine departments, consists of 97 employees and serves more than 103,000 unduplicated clients each year. The services HELP provides assist low-income families, homeless teens and adults among other individuals, to become more self-sufficient through direct services, trainings and referrals. Programs available include Shannon West Homeless Youth Center, Emergency Resources Services, Framing Hope Warehouse, Weatherization, Community Alternative Sentencing, Work Opportunities Readiness Center, Holiday Assistance, Nevada 2-1-1 and Homeless Outreach. For more information, call HELP of Southern Nevada at 702-369-4357 or visit www.helpsonv.org.
About Chet Buchanan from 98.5 KLUC:
Chet Buchanan is the host and creator of 98.5 KLUC’s Chet Buchanan and the Morning Zoo! Since it’s inception in 1999 it has consistently been one of the highest rated and most beloved radio shows in Las Vegas. In addition to anchoring the morning show, which he was named “Best of Las Vegas” by the Las Vegas Review-Journal for, Chet can be seen just about everywhere in Las Vegas.
Many Las Vegans know Chet from his work on the court at UNLV Runnin’ Rebel Basketball games, appearing as a frequent contributor on Fox 5’s “More at Four,” or holding down a packed schedule hosting multiple corporate, civic, and charity events.
Chet is also the brains behind the annual Chet Buchanan and the Morning Zoo Toy Drive, where he lives and broadcasts live on top of 30 foot scaffolding for 12 days straight to raise toys for thousands of Las Vegas children. Since it’s inception, the 98.5 KLUC Chet Buchanan and the Morning Zoo Toy Drive has grown to become recognized as “The World’s Largest Single Location Toy Drive” and in 2010 filled (14) 50 foot semi trailers, as well as collecting over 2,000 bicycles, and raising over $145,000 in gift cards.
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