XS and Tryst Nightclubs Donate More than $171,000 in Toys to Local Holiday Drive

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Tryst staff member Jenna Abrahamm loads up on Barbie dolls
Today the staff of XS and Tryst Nightclubs gathered for their annual donation to 98.5 KLUC Morning Zoo’s toy drive, shattering their record from last year, with a total of more than $171,000 in toys this year (Pictured above: Tryst staff member Jenna Abrahamm loads up on Barbie dolls – Photo credit: Danny Mahoney/XS Nightclub). 

The staff raises money all year long, collecting a portion of their tips and personal contributions to make the donation possible.

Wynn Las Vegas Director of Nightlife Entertainment Zee Zandi purchases Barbie DJ turntables
Wynn Las Vegas Director of Nightlife Entertainment Zee Zandi purchases Barbie DJ turntables

Photo credit: Danny Mahoney/XS Nightclub.

More than 100 employees gathered at Wal-Mart at 10 am, taking over the toy department and stuffing their carts with everything in sight, from basketballs to Barbie’s, pirate ships to pillow pets. This year’s efforts added up to more than 11,000 toys and 138 bikes. The donation filled four semi-trucks which were escorted to the drop off point by Las Vegas Fire and Metro. The final receipt stretched out past 150 feet and was raised from Morning Host and Toy Drive Organizer Chet Buchanan’s scaffolding to show the full effect.

Aerial shot of check-out lines
Aerial shot of check-out lines

Photo credit: Danny Mahoney/XS Nightclub.

“We are truly fortunate to be in a position to give back to the community each year,” said Jesse Waits, co-owner and managing partner of XS and Tryst Nightclubs. “Our staff always looks forward to this event as it gives us the chance to relive our own childhood, picking out our favorite toys and gifts. Knowing that we’re helping to make the holidays a little easier for our neighbors in need is the reason we always strive to deliver more than the year prior.”

Check-out lines at Wal-Mart
Check-out lines at Wal-Mart

Photo credit: Danny Mahoney/XS Nightclub.

This is the nightclubs’ sixth year donating to the drive which assists HELP of Southern Nevada, a 501-C3 organization started in 1970 with the mission “to assist individual and families to become self sufficient through direct services, training and referral.” Last year’s donation of $106,000 in toys was the previous single donation record to the event, which is one of the largest and longest running single location toy drives in the world.

98.5 KLUC Morning Zoo Host Chet Buchanan holding the receipt that stretched more than 150 feet
98.5 KLUC Morning Zoo Host Chet Buchanan holding the receipt that stretched more than 150 feet

Photo credit: Danny Mahoney/XS Nightclub.

The toy drive, in its 13th year, is organized by Chet Buchanan, host of 98.5 KLUC’s Chet Buchanan & The Morning Zoo, where he lives atop a 30-foot high scaffolding 24 hours a day for 12 straight days raising awareness to the Las Vegas valley about the less fortunate kids & families in our community.

XS and Tryst staff assisting in stretching out the final receipt
XS and Tryst staff assisting in stretching out the final receipt

Photo credit: Danny Mahoney/XS Nightclub.

XS and Tryst staff donated more than $171,000 in toys to this year’s drive
XS and Tryst staff donated more than $171,000 in toys to this year’s drive

Photo credit: Danny Mahoney/XS Nightclub.

XS and Tryst executive team poses in front of one of four semi trucks full of toys. From left to right: Executive Director of VIP Services John Wood, General Manager Yannick Mugnier, Co-Owner and Managing Partner Jesse Waits, Director of Strategic Marketing Ronn Nicolli
XS and Tryst executive team poses in front of one of four semi trucks full of toys. From left to right: Executive Director of VIP Services John Wood, General Manager Yannick Mugnier, Co-Owner and Managing Partner Jesse Waits, Director of Strategic Marketing Ronn Nicolli

Photo credit: Danny Mahoney/XS Nightclub.