Posts Tagged ‘charity

Charity on tap at city pub

- April 9th, 2013

I’m a bit late to the party on this, but Fergus & Bix is doing something pretty cool, and for a good cause.

The pub, with locations in West Springs and Marda Loop, is giving customers a chance to try a new craft beer, as well as helping a local charity.

The Charity Tap program hands over 50 cents from every sale of the feature beer to a handful of charities, and has so far raised $14,000 for community associations, an animal rescue society, and the Canadian Cancer Society, among others.

This month’s charity tap is the Stanley Park 1897 Amber, with proceeds going to the Autism Aspergers Friendship Society of Calgary.

It may be a small gesture, but it’s a great way for local business to give back to the community, while encouraging an interest in niche products.

Do you know of a pub that’s doing something similar? Let me know.

This Christmas, a little (BELVEDERE)RED helps make some green to fight AIDS, TB and malaria

- November 26th, 2012

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This holiday season, many of you will be entertaining friends and family in your homes.

And hopefully you aren’t stingy with the quality and quantity of your Christmas cheer (What good host is?).

Christmas is also a time of giving (checkout the SUNShine Fund for how to give to the Sally Anne locally), and the makers of Belvedere Vodka are giving Albertans a chance to give a little back with their purchase this year.

Launching in Alberta this Saturday (Dec. 1), complete with a VIP party to coincide with World AIDS Day, (BELVEDERE)RED is the second year the premium vodka maker has partnered with (RED) to help combat AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria.

Belvedere is donating 50% of net profits from the sales of the beautiful red bottle will go to (RED), the charity kickstarted by U2′s Bono, which has teamed up with some of the biggest brands on the planet: Coca-Cola, Starbucks, Apple and Converse.

The goal is to achieve the first AIDS-free generation by 2015.

Lofty goals indeed, but every bit helps.

The makers of Belvedere say last year’s effort raised enough cash “to provide access to treatment for more than 3,800 HIV-positive pregnant women to help ensure their babies are born HIV-free.”

“Our passion for philanthropy led to the creation of (BELVEDERE)RED last year and our commitment to helping (RED) and the global health community achieve the first AIDS-free generation by 2015 has not waivered since. The new bottle design is symbolic of our dedication to (RED) and a sign to our audience that we, collectively as a global community, can put an end to mother-to-child transmission of this deadly disease but only with their support,” Belvedere Vodka president Charles Gibb said.

For more information about (BELVEDERE)RED, check out the company’s website.

And for more about the vodka, which is a great base on which to build a holiday cocktail, check out what I had to say about it earlier this fall.

Putting the happy in happy hour

- May 2nd, 2012

We are just days away from the Hockey Marathon for the Kids.

Starting May 6, 40 players will try to set a world record for the longest hockey game, all while raising $1.5 million for the Alberta Children’s Hosptial Foundation.

You can catch up with all our coverage leading up to the event here.

People can still donate to the cause through the event website, but if you plan on some post-work beers Thursday you can stop in at a handful of local pubs.

Any drink or food sales made between 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. at Point and Feather Neighbourhood Pub, Black Bull Pub, Berwick Public House, Kings Head Pub, Kilt and Caber Ale House, as well as the Belfry Gastro House, will be donated to the event. The goal is to raise $10,000 in the hour, said Ab Haymour, owner-operator of Point and Feather Neighbourhood Pub, Black Bull Pub and Berwick Public House.

Short of doing nothing, hoisting a pint for a good cause is a pretty easy task. So raise a glass for people set to leave it all out on the ice.