By Joe Nelson
San Diego, CA – The 12th Annual AJ’s Kids Crane returns Friday, November 8th to the IKEA parking lot located at 2149 Fenton Parkway in Mission Valley.  San Diegans are encouraged to donate toys in exchange for various prizes and/or activities.   The event, created by ENERGY 103.7 personalities AJ Machado and Hula Ramos, will feature AJ living atop a 30-foot “crane” – rain or shine – until the goal of collecting 100,000 toys is reached.   All event toys and proceeds benefit AJ’s Kids Fund for Rady Children’s Hospital San Diego.     
The toys are collected and donated to help the young patients feel more at ease while undergoing procedures or a stay at Rady Children’s Hospital.  "It's been incredible watching the community of San Diego grow this annual toy drive over the course of a dozen years. I have faith that we'll have another great event benefitting the amazing patients at Rady's Children's Hospital” says Machado.  To watch a video about what inspires The AJ Show to continue AJ’s Kids Crane visit http://energy1037.cbslocal.com/2013/10/18/ajs-kids-rady-chidrens-hospital-san-diego/.
ENERGY 103.7 Program Director, Chris Patyk adds “This event is a humbling experience as it shows us how much our listeners care about our community and kids.  The overwhelming support they provide to Rady Children’s Hospital and to AJ is a reminder of what we can do when we all work together.”
The event kicks off Friday, November 8th with interim MayorTodd Gloria proclaiming AJ’s Kids Crane Day.  Event theme days will include the Taste of the Crane featuring over a dozen San Diego restaurants, Mommy & Me Day with a morning fitness walk and dance instruction, hair styling and massages, San Diego Zoo & Safari Park Day with ticket giveaways and the interactive Robert the Zebra display, Toyota San Diego Movie Night, Kids Day, Luau Night and a Food Truck Round Up.  Some of the ticket giveaways include LEGOLAND®California, Hornblower Cruises & Events Whale Watching passes and tickets to an exclusive ENERGY 103.7 SeaWorld® Night.  Beginning Monday, November 4th visit ENERGY1037.com for a complete list of events.
The AJ Show can be heard weekday mornings from 6-10 a.m. on ENERGY 103.7.
Some photos I took at last year's event:

About Energy 103.7 (KEGY-FM)Owned and operated by CBS RADIO, Energy 103.7 is San Diego’s new hit music radio station that launched March 29, 2012. CBS RADIO, one of the largest major-market radio operators in the United States is a division of CBS Corporation. CBS RADIO operates 130 radio stations, the majority of which are in the nation’s top 50 markets. In San Diego, CBS RADIO also owns and operates KYXY-FM.


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