The cocktails flowed, good cheer was exchanged, and all tables stayed firmly on the floor as Real Housewives of New Jersey star Teresa Giudice paid the City of Brotherly Love a visit at “Sleigh-A Toys for Tots” at Valanni in Philadelphia. Hosted on December 7, 2017 by such Philly luminaries as Tommee Boom, Anthony Retro, and Tyjuan Pierce, the boys rolled out the red carpet for Ms. Giudice, as well as for the seemingly endless supply of toys that came in throughout the night.
Philadelphia institution and Mummer Brittany Lynn kept the evening moving with her signature sass and stage presence along with a red carpet outfit featuring, wait for it, full table setting actually on her dress!
DJ Carl Michaels spun his signature set of holiday beats, giving the perfect ambiance for this packed to the gills affair. Teresa took pictures with every single person in attendance, and her long-time support of the LGBT community was beyond evident.
The general manager of Valanni, Michael Duffy said, “the purpose of the event was never to just raise money. It was to collect toys. The Marines collected almost ten tall boxes and could barely fit them in the truck. Valanni decided to give them all raffle proceeds and some extra from the club, which was approximately $633.”
It definitely costs money to put on an event like this,” Duffy said. “Our goal when doing this event was not to make a profit. Our goal is to put on an amazing seasonal event, for everyone to have a good time and to bring toys for children in need. The check we gave them is an added and unexpected bonus.”
Thanks to the generous folks in Philadelphia, the trucks that left Valanni that night will end up providing innumerable children with toys that they never would have been opening on Christmas morning otherwise. Beyond political differences and mindless bickering, leave it to the LGBT community of Philadelphia and the crew at Valanni (and an especially a famous New Jersey Housewife) to show people the true meaning of Christmas.