Guests donated toys for about 100 children during the recent Wharton Gladden & Company’s Fourth Annual Holiday Party and toy drive at the Piedmont Club.
“As a good corporate citizen, we feel compelled to remember those in our community not doing so well this year,” said Algenon Cash, executive managing director of Wharton Gladden & Company, a boutique real estate investment banking firm. “Our annual toy drive and holiday party is a small way of making a difference in the lives of those who may be forgotten around this time of year.”
Wharton Gladden donated the toys to ChristmasToyDrive.com, which was founded by Nathan Tabor. The organization partners with The Salvation Army to provide toys to boys and girls.
For Cash, making a difference is important. In October, Wharton Gladden co-hosted a family movie night with Nature’s Select at the BB&T Ballpark and collected more than 2,000 pounds of food for the Second Harvest Food Bank. Next year will be its fifth spring wine mixer to raise money for the homeless.
“Leaders in the community must be made aware of what is happening to the least of us, and we try to educate them via community awareness events, such as our holiday party/toy drive, spring wine mixer and family movie night,” Cash said. “I fundamentally believe in partying with a purpose.”