LULAC Council No. 1 President Dr. Nick Adame was joined by Justice of the Peace Robert "Bobby" Balderas on Monday, Dec. 23 to distribute funds and toys raised from their sixth annual Toy Bowl to three local charity entities.

The Toy Bowl was held on Dec. 7, where several teams comprised of local law enforcement and health officials competed in the fundraising football game, while volunteers came together during the event, which was held during one of the coldest days of 2013, to collect donated toys and funds for the Rise School of Corpus Christi, the Ark Center, and Catholic Charities Persons with Disabilities Department.

Because of the chilly weather, attendance and donations were not as high as previous years, but the event still managed to raise enough for LULAC to distribute $1,800 to each of the entities, including the Ark Center and Catholic Charities on Dec. 23.

"Every year, it gets a little bit better for the people we donate to, and that's what it is all about," said Dr. Adame.

The Rise School of Corpus Christi received their portion of the donated funds and toys at their annual Christmas program on Thursday, Dec. 19.

"It was exciting. After they got through, they got some toys, and they weren't expecting it," said Judge Balderas. "They were really loving it."

"With the Rise School, as with every institution that deals with education, funding is always a problem, so this kind of helps," said Dr. Adame. "Of course, with the Ark Center and the Catholic Charities, any funds that we can give them will help a lot."

It is Dr. Adame, Judge Balderas and LULAC's hope that the Toy Bowl will continue to grow each year to support such important organizations in the Coastal Bend.

"These organizations are outstanding, and they do a lot for these kids," said Judge Balderas. "That's why we're so happy to do this for them."