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1st Annual Mocktail Tasting Fundraiser at Real Art Ways in Hartford
May 13 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The nonprofit organization A Promise to Jordan is excited to host its first “Mocktail” Tasting fundraiser on Thursday, May 13, 2021 at Real Art Ways in Hartford. The recovery-friendly event will bring restaurateurs and bar owners from across the state together to show off their best non-alcoholic cocktails and compete to be named the best!
The event will take place from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the art gallery located at 56 Arbor Street, barring any COVID-19 restrictions in place at the time. The charitable competition is expected to draw hundreds of guests to taste the mocktails and appetizers, partake of the silent auction and raffles, and enjoy a great night out. If gathering restrictions are still in place, the event may be a mix of in-person and virtual or be completely virtual, if necessary. Virtual guests will receive a mocktail kit to make the delicious drinks at home by following along as the vendors mix the recipes live. In-person tickets are $45 and virtual tickets are $35. For more info or to purchase tickets visit mocktailtasting.eventbrite.com.
Gray notes that there is no fee for restaurants or bars to enter and that the nonprofit organization is even covering the cost of their temporary food permits. Interested restaurants so far include 110 Grill, Abigail’s Grille & Wine Bar, DaCapo, Iron Horse Pizzeria, Lucky Lou’s Bar and Grille, Roux, Soma Grille, and The North House. And, Athletic Brewing Company, of Stratford, has already signed up to serve their selection of non-alcoholic brews.
“We are thrilled to offer an alternative to the typical beer or wine tastings since our organization is committed to fighting substance use disorders,” said Lisa Gray, Founder and Executive Director of A Promise to Jordan (APTJ). “Additionally, the food and beverage industry has been financially decimated by the pandemic and we wanted to showcase the mixology mastery of our local eateries, while finally having something fun to look forward to.”
The evening is made possible thanks to the generosity of many fine businesses, including McCall Center for Behavioral Health, Tara Rahmy Realtor and InterCommunity Health Care. Custom sponsorship opportunities are available to meet the unique marketing needs of each business, organization or individual by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org.
“We are also accepting auction and raffle donations such as gift cards, gift baskets, decor items, jewelry and fashion or gourmet treats. We’ll even pick them up!” said Gray.
Proceeds will benefit the organization that is dedicated to raising awareness about substance abuse, eliminating the stigma of addiction, assisting people in accessing quality care, and giving hope to those struggling with addiction and their families that recovery is possible. Gray created A Promise to Jordan after losing her then 24-year-old son, Jordan Arakelian, to an accidental overdose in 2018.
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