The 2013 Happy Slapowitz Toy Bash, held Thursday in venues in downtown Cape Girardeau, was its most successful edition since its founding in 2001. According to the event organizer and co-founder, Ryan Eftink, gifts of toys and charitable contributions collected for the Marine Corps League's Toys for Tots program reached $20,800, a record. The event featured nine bands at eight venues in an effort to provide new Christmas toys for children. Cost of admission to each venue was a new toy, a $10 entry fee or by wearing a 2013 Happy Slapowitz Toy Bash T-shirt purchased online. Eftink said plans are being made for a Happy Slapowitz Toy Bash in 2014.
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