Santa Claus is coming to town, but for some less fortunate children, his white cotton-cuffed hands aren't quite as giving. Here's where one of Huntington Beach's most charitable local businesses, Johnny's Saloon, steps in, clad in red velvet and eyes a-twinkling. A group of 16 kids residing in group homes will get the gift of Christmas through a special art show fundraiser taking place at Gallery 33 on Friday, December 20, and Sunday, December 22.
In their usual advocacy of art and selfless giving, the beloved watering hole has organized "Must Be This Tall To Ride: A Disneyland-Themed Art Show," featuring the work of over 45 artists. Artworks evoking the best of the wonderful world of Disney will display at the venue, which neighbors Johnny's, and all proceeds will help fulfill the Christmas wish lists of all 16 kids.
Spread out across three Childhelp group homes, 10 girls and 6 boys, ages 10 to 16, "have been taken from their families and only allowed to bring a few items with them," says Johnny's on the Facebook event page. "Most had unsuitable living standard and that's why they are in these group homes. So no matter the cost or lengths we have to go to, we are going to stoke these kids out this Christmas!!!!"
Here's the list of participating artists:
Jose Loza, Kyle Crowell, David Flores ATC, Harmony Deimling, Matt Harward, Jav, Brendan Valdez, Hek, Charlie Coffin, Shaun Grine, Gustavo James, Chase Stopnik, Kris Stencel, Miko Mueller, End One, Cee Cee Valdez, Tyler Nealeigh, Mik Munki, Nick Bones, Sarah Armstrong, Rick Garcia, Nicholas Price, Joshua Angulo, Matt Canon, Phil Howell, Marco Montenegro, Revecka Jallad, Nick Centragolo, Jamison Stagaard, Sterling Barck, Josh Unfried, Alex Coulter, Jennifer Jacobson, Andrew Moore, Egor, Alan Carvalho, Drake Sheehan, Preciously Mine, Ava Vidales, Trey Vidales, Roxanne Crisp, Hector Santos and Manny Daggers.
Friday's show kicks off at 7 p.m. and goes until 10 p.m. And no need to worry about dinner. The Kogi BBQ truck's got attendees covered. The show returns Sunday from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Other ways to help bring Christmas to the group are by donating items off their wish lists (viewable here), purchasing an Amazon gift card from the wish list to help buy presents as well as big screen TVs and game systems for each group home, and sipping three select beverages at Johnny's. We know it's a tough way to give, but someone must do it. For each sale of Coldcock Whiskey, SOS Cocktail and Johnny's Original SIN, $1 will be donated toward the cause. Cash donations can also be made at Johnny's.
'Tis the season for giving, and we can't think of a better way to do so. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Gallery 33 is located at 17434 Beach Boulevard, Huntington Beach, CA 92647.