SOURCE: Native New Yorker

November 28, 2007 10:00 ET

Native New Yorker Celebrates Twentieth Anniversary of Annual Arizona Police Toy Run

Sponsors W. Steven Martin's Charity to Benefit Arizona's Neediest Children

GILBERT, AZ--(Marketwire - November 28, 2007) - Committed to helping put a smile on the faces of Arizona children in need this holiday season, Native New Yorker, the sports-themed family restaurant and grill franchise, has announced their sponsorship of W. Steven Martin's 2007 Police and Fire Toy Drive. After almost two decades and the distribution of nearly two million toys, the annual W. Steven Martin Police Toy Run will be held on Sunday, December 16, 2007 in Mesa at Chester's Harley-Davidson.

"On the 20th anniversary of this renowned program, we are honored to partner with W. Steven Martin to deliver a message of hope and care to less fortunate children during this holiday season," said Sherri Lind, VP at Native New Yorker. "Our goal is to not only put a toy in the hands of every child in need this year, but also to help replenish the organization's warehouse of toys that has been severely impacted due the largest toy recall in the history of the United States."

Established in 1987, the W. Steven Martin Police Toy Drive is relied on year-round by local law enforcement, fire, military, churches, and hospitals to help bring smiles to young people in times of need. Each December, hundreds of police officers from across Arizona select toys and gifts for at-risk children in their cities. The organization expects to celebrate the two millionth toy passing through the hands of an officer and into the arms of a child during the 2007 event.

"Thanks to the support of generous sponsors like Native New Yorker, we are able to celebrate our twenty years of working with first responders and the communities they serve," said W. Steven Martin. "Yet this year is particularly bittersweet for us. We expect about 2200 toys were lost because of the recent lead recalls from toys produced in China. Not only do we need to drive toy donations for this holiday season, but we desperately need to mobilize the community to be able to continue the Police Toy Drive program for years to come."

A non-profit organization, W. Steven Martin's annual Police Toy Drive does not have sufficient funds available to order the replacement toys necessary to sustain the program and is calling on community businesses to jumpstart toy donations or direct monetary gifts to the program. Local businesses are encouraged to collect new toys and donations at their locations. Volunteers are available through the organization to make pickups across the region through Christmas Eve.

Known for having perhaps the best Buffalo-style chicken wings outside of NY, Arizona's popular and award-winning Native New Yorker restaurants have a long tradition of giving back to the East Valley community that helped put them on the map. Over the past month alone the company sponsored local efforts along with KDKB radio and Wal-Mart to raise donations for those impacted by the widespread fires in Southern California and teamed up with the United Food Bank to help stamp out hunger this holiday season. Containers for the collection of non-perishable items and canned goods for the United Food Bank will be available at all East Valley Native New Yorker locations throughout Arizona including restaurants in Mesa, Tempe, Chandler, and Queen Creek from November 7th through December 18th.

To participate in the 2007 W. Steven Martin Police Toy Run, bring a new, unwrapped toy and a $10 donation to Chester's Harley-Davidson located at 620 S. Country Club in Mesa, Arizona at 10 AM on December 16, 2007. More information on how you can participate is available here:

About Native New Yorker

Native New Yorker has been offering Arizonans the very best Buffalo-style hot chicken wings and traditional New York-inspired favorites for over two decades. Winning numerous local, regional and statewide dining awards along the way, the restaurant has grown from humble beginnings into nineteen. Headquartered in Gilbert, Arizona, Native New Yorker features distinctive and traditional American fare and has plans to add franchises into four new regions in 2008.

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