Hill Harper takes to the red carpet with two of the toys he’s donating for his 6th annual Manifest Your Destiny Toy Drive Photo: Curtis Sabir
The 6th Annual Manifest Your Destiny Toy Drive Rocks the SupperClub
Quite possibly the most lively toy drive in existence and definitely one of the largest in LA, the Manifest Your Destiny Toy Drive has become a staple of the Hollywood scene for close to a decade. Taking place December 9 at the popular Supperclub venue, actors Hill Harper and Nate Parker hosted the charity event, which benefits the U.S. Marine Corps Toys for Tots program and other local charities.
True to form, the 6th annual toy drive brought out a long list of both Harper and Parker’s celebrity friends. There was no ticket price for the event, to gain entry, guests simply had to bring an unwrapped toy for a child in need. Many guests went above and beyond the one toy requirement bringing droves of games, stuffed animals, play sets and more to benefit the cause.
The toy drive’s name derives from Harpers non-profit foundation. Manifest Your Destiny is a 501c3 organization founded by Harper to advance the educational success of young people in need. Harper, who says he’s been witness to Hollywood’s projection of lifestyles and images that are often unreal and unattainable, told the Sentinel he began the toy drive to give to children whose families can’t afford many of the things advertised on television.
“Why can’t we give them those things?” Harper asked, “There are so many people willing to give,” said the Ivy League actor motioning around to the many guests present.
With that spirit of coming together for the common good, Harper and Parker have managed six years running, to engage the often-dubbed “superficial” Hollywood into a source of philanthropy, and they’ve done it in true Hollywood style.
Guests were kept moving by the skillful spinning of DJ B Hen on the ones and twos. Later musical guest Ravaughn performed a couple of her hit songs before breaking into a Christmas carol with the help of the crowd. An open bar kept everyone’s glasses full with the sponsor liquor VEEV acai spirits.
Guests danced, mixed and mingled, as the toy pile in front of the stage grew higher and higher. Eventually the mound reached a climax and uniformed Marines carried toys out by the sack full.