Even in dire economic and political times, Americans have an enormous amount to be thankful for. But as South Floridians think over all that is good and hopeful this holiday season, there probably won't be nearly enough gratitude for Rob Van Winkle — the man you know as Vanilla Ice.
It used to be cool to rip on him, but how easy is that? Oh yes, there have been many ups and downs in the 20 years he's been lodged in America's consciousness — far too many to list in detail here: the silly utterances, psycho rampages, reality shows, and, of course, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II. Now, prepare for his annual Vanilla Ice Block Party — which benefits Toys for Tots.
Every year, Ice gets together with his friends at Rocco's Tacos and Feelgoods in downtown West Palm Beach and throws a giant bash. Mix in some random celebrities, a few hours of music, some Marines and bikers, and lots of toys and it's definitely one of the biggest events of the year. The entire thing is done to raise funds and collect toys for unfortunate children before Christmas.