The Museum of the American Cocktail™
and Southern Comfort's Tales of the Cocktail
Invites You To Support
:

Save New Orleans Cocktail Hour!
Monday, September 12, 2005,
5:00 - 7:00 pm

Quick response time. That's what we saw in the 14 days that led from the inception to realization of our "Save New Orleans Cocktail Hour" on September 12th. We at the Museum of the American Cocktail want to congratulate all 124 bars, clubs, and restaurants nationwide who lent a helping hand to shake up New Orleans cocktails to benefit the workers in the New Orleans hospitality industry.

What we also saw was quick response from the general public and media in those few days. Over 680 individual media sources in print, broadcast, and online announced the event to the public including the Associated Press, USA Today, and The Guardian (UK). We heard stories from more than a dozen bartenders about people coming in to simply drop off a donation on their way home from work during the two-hour event. We also got messages from establishments who shook all night— not just two hours—and from one Boston bar that shook all month.

To date, we've received more than 80% of reported donations from participants, totaling over $57,500. In October, we sent a check for $40,000 to the New Orleans Hospitality Workers Disaster Relief Fund, established by Alex Brennan and Bill Monteleone and managed by the Greater Houston Community Fund. For more information about this fund, visit www.ghcf.org/page25565.cfm. The remaining funds will be sent to both this fund and the Emeril Lagasse Employee Relief Fund in mid-December.

With any luck, none of us ever have to experience such a tragedy as Hurricane Katrina ever again in our lifetimes. But it is more than a relief to know that if the hospitality community is called upon to help in an emergency, it knows the true meaning of quick response.

-Anistatia Miller



New Orleans Hospitality Workers Disaster Relief Fund

A fund has also been established to benefit employees of the hospitality industry of the Greater New Orleans area who have experienced hardships because of the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina. To apply for a grant, call 713-533-4591.

Job opportunities for hospitality workers may be posted and accessed on the following sites: CiraJobs.com and cmaa.org.

Participating Restaurants and Bars:

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Establishments can email Katrinafund@museumoftheamericancocktail.org to pledge their support and receive further information on the ãSave New Orleans Cocktail Hourä program and publicity efforts. Donations can also be made via Paypal by visiting: http://www.museumoftheamericancocktail.org/news/pr/KatrinaFund.html .


SpSpecial thanks to the following sponsors who are providing assistance and resources for this event:
Bacardi Superior Plymouth Gin Southern Comfort & the Southern Comfort Cocktail Tour
Philadelphia Style Magazine Washington DC Style Magazine MurphGuide.com Connecting the fun to the fun people
Providing the displaced residents of New Orleans and other communities a communications resource to help re-establish a sense of neighborhood