Merry Martini Mixer Restructured

For the last 24 years, there has been a local private, invite only function on South Padre Island called the Merry Martini Mixer in which attendees donate toys for the USMC Toys for Tots program as well as food items for the St. Stephen’s Food Pantry.

Yours truly is one of the six founders of the event. We rely on 35 or so sponsors as well as several local businesses that help us pull it off. The event is usually attended by 750+ invited guests/donors.

This year, due to COVID, the party as it has existed for the 23 years prior, cannot be held due to gathering restrictions. While we can all deal with the disappointment for hopefully one year, the real disappointment comes from knowing that the area’s children in need may not all get toys this Christmas from the Toys for Tots program, and the families the St. Stephen’s Pantry benefits may not get the food they need during the holidays.

Therefore, the planners of the Merry Martini are making a plea to anyone out there who have either been a prior attendee, or simply want to help during this troubled year, by becoming a donor. The 2020 Merry Martini Mixer has been restructured.

On Saturday, Dec. 12, from 2pm to 7pm, we ask anyone reading this to please drive to the SPI Convention Centre, drop off at least one unwrapped toy and one bag of canned goods PER person. After that, go to one or more of the bars or restaurants offering Merry Martini specials and make a night of it. Dress up in your holiday best!

Please visit the Merry Martini website and facebook page for more information about this effort and to view a list of establishments offering Mery Martini Specials. BB’s Taxi is also offering free rides to those donating toys.

YOU CAN ALSO MAKE A MONETARY DONATION that will be split to benefit both charities evenly. Go to