Toy drive and charity event at Coventry's Grog Shop

Double "O" Promotions and hip-hop artist Caine will sponsor a holiday toy drive to benefit needy children in Northeast Ohio. Caine's Winter Wonderland Toy Drive and charity event will be held on Sunday, Dec. 11, from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. at the Grog Shop, located at 2785 Euclid Heights Boulevard in Cleveland Heights.

"Its always good to do positive things in the community. I want to give back, whether it's through feeding the needy, cleaning up the community, or raising awareness about issues that are important to me. I remember growing up and not being able to have a lot of things I wanted so if creating this toy drive will help put a smile on a kid's face, I'm all for it," said Caine. "I'm trying to reach out to all of the people, not only in the hip-hop community, but anybody that can just donate a toy. Stop by and hear some great music. We are doing this for the kids."

Caine is no stranger to giving back to the community. Last year, he helped feed more than 300 homeless individuals for Thanksgiving by donating turkeys, hams, and chickens to a local food pantry. Caine also adopted four kindergarten classes at Upson Elementary, in Euclid, and O. H. Perry, in Cleveland, this year, and will distribute "Muffins and Mittens" to make sure the little ones have warm hands as the days get colder.

The toy event will feature performances by DOC Showstoppaz, Maclyn Lucille, Mz Crazy Tee, Tezo, Big J, Bloc Kartel, Mookie Montonio, Izzrael, Skitso, Microwave Red, Bam, Kid Wrecker, Phenom, DHW Gang, Icealino, CJ Platinum, Chick da Flyest, and Vega.

Sponsors for the event include DJ Ricky Ruckkus of Bring the Rickkus; Antoinette Cartman-Gay of T.E.T. entertainment; Angela Flowers of Making A Difference Consulting; Bottom Line Entertainment, a Cincinnati based company; Nerve DJ's and a host of other special guests.

All new unwrapped toys will be donated to the Boys and Girls Clubs of Cleveland and elementary school children in East Cleveland. All toys will be distributed on Friday Dec. 16, at the MLK Civic Center in East Cleveland. The goal is to collect and distribute at least 300 new, unwrapped toys for babies, toddlers, and children up to the age of 17. Suggestions include infant toys, action figures, gift cards, remote control toys, dolls, Legos, Nerf toys, and bicycles.

Tickets for the event at the Grog Shop are $5 with a new toy, and $10 general admission. For more information, call 216-394-3012 or e-mail

Angela Flowers

Angela Flowers is a publica relations professional with Making A Difference Consulting and is one of the sponsors of the event.

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Volume 4, Issue 12, Posted 1:30 PM, 11.29.2011