Don’t call these sweaters ugly — just style-challenged

Stag Bar + Kitchen in Newport Beach was packed Thursday night as Orange County’s oldest bar hosted its annual ugly holiday sweater contest and toy drive.

Each guest who donated a new unwrapped toy received a new smartphone protective case by Irvine mobile electronics accessory maker Incipio. The toys — organizers said more than 500 were collected at the event — will be distributed by Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County to needy children in time for Christmas.

“It’s all about the kids and spreading good holiday cheer,” said Stag Bar’s owner, Mario Marovic. “Andy [Andy Fathollahi of Incipio] and I always look forward to partnering up for this event, and each year is always bigger than the last.”

In addition to seeing Santa and his helpers, guests were greeted by Christmas carolers singing a mix of seasonal songs. A complimentary buffet included Stag Bar’s signature pizza, gourmet-style meatballs, spicy wings and antipasto salad.

As for the contest? There were no winners or losers. It was all about fun and charity.