Community-wide support has made this event a success for 16 years.
Over 500 children from all over San Diego got a visit from the Easter Bunny at the 16th annual Easter Egg Hunt at Trolley Barn Park in University Heights on Sunday.
This popular event brings the community together every year as they collect baskets and bicycles to give away to underprivileged children county-wide.
Children from one to 12-years old received a colorful Easter basket filled with all kinds of goodies and toys. In addition, over 200 baskets were delivered to Ronald McDonald House, St. Paul's Homeless Shelter, Family Matters and Tijuana children's organizations.
The beautiful San Diego weather helped attendees enjoy popcorn, drinks, cotton candy, shaved ice, and other holiday treats.
Bicycles were provided by San Diego’s leather community and were given away in a special raffle.
Special awards were handed out by City Commissioner and founder of the event Nicole Murray-Ramirez with the help of the board of directors at the Imperial Court de San Diego.
These awards were given to Rich's Nightclub, State Assemblyman Todd Gloria, The Eagle, City Councilman Chis Ward, Sherman Mendoza of Caliph, Tony Boy of the San Diego American Flag Football League, and Chris Shaw of Mo's Universe for their support and dedication.
“For 16 years the LGBT community, friends, and allies, organizations, bars, and business have on Easter Sunday brought joy and smiles to thousands of children,” said Murray-Ramirez. “The Imperial Court could not do this event without the support of an always caring community.”
The San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus’ Bob Lehman and Tom Felkner (left center) were presented with a Community Commendation award by Murray-Ramirez. Lehman says he is thankful for the recognition, but more importantly, appreciative of the great work done by the Imperial Court de San Diego over the years.
"The community Easter event is just one more example of the positive impact they have on our community and we were happy to help collect Easter baskets once again," said Lehman who remembers the first event in 2002. "Our Chorus has a strong commitment to community outreach and applauds all of the great work being done by the Imperial Court de San Diego."