July 19, 2006
BAR WARS brings in bartenders from surrounding T.G.I.Friday's locations to compete and to see who can create the best drinks. 18 drinks are auctioned off at each event, with all proceeds going to local charities. Bartenders are judged on technique, crowd enthusiasm and creativity. Winners are awarded for Flare, Speed, and Overall Performance.
This year the Westlake Ohio T.G.I.F. designated Rise Above It as its charitable recipient of two BAR WARS events. Over $1,500 was raised from the events!!! The event brought in a number of new faces and names which we hope will continue. With more than 800 locations worldwide, T.G.I.Fridays is one of many supporters. We hope that with this exposure will spread the knowledge of Rise Above It and encourage involvement in the organization. The proceeds will be used to directly support cancer patients and their families as they continue to fight the devastating disease.
Special thanks to T.G.I.Fridays, Jackie Anderson and Madeline VanAlmen for selecting RAI as recipient.
June 28, 2006
San Francisco based ELIXIR hosted a charity guest bartending event with proceeds benefiting Rise Above It. A total of just under $500 will be used to directly support cancer patients and their families as they continue to fight the devastating disease.
Guest bartenders included:
- Kate Doidge Engler
- Megan Bollinger
- Bryan Engler
- Megan Berns
Special thanks to Katie Engler for organizing and hosting the charity guest bartending event. Katie is near and dear to Colin and the hearts of many within the RAI network. Thanks again K!
February 5, 2006
This year's Super Bowl benefit was another great success. The amazing turnout, rich with so many smiles and so much love, represents undeniable proof that Colin was victorious is his battle with cancer and that he continues to live on through all of us. We have absorbed his fighting spirit, and with it, we are focusing on the task of helping others who find themselves in situations similar to his.
As you all know, proceeds from the event will be used to make an immediate impact on the lives of battling cancer patients. $5,000 is being directed to our affiliate, Journey of Hope, and will benefit young adult cancer patients currently seeking clinical trials. $2,500 is being donated directly to Tricia Luxemburg and her family to aid in her ongoing fight with breast cancer. RAI is also supporting Dale Smith, who is fighting bone cancer. Dale and Colin were coaching colleagues for St. Edward Wrestling. RAI will donate to Dale's fund and will be directly assisting him in formulating a cancer battle-plan.
This is just the beginning: Our commitment to fighting cancer will never yield. We promise. The continuing collaboration with affiliate organizations and the dedication of all those who volunteer their time for the advancement of RAI will allow us to battle this terrible disease with relentless vigor. By adopting the same positive and courageous attitude Colin so artfully embodied, we will stand strong and will never give up.
Once again, RAI thanks everyone personally; your enthusiasm in supporting our efforts is truly amazing.
Special thanks to those who volunteered much of their time to make it a success.