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Pay It Forward Charleston Launches Public Awareness Campaign



Pay It Forward Charleston is launching a two-week-long public awareness fundraising campaign. The campaign is to further the organizational efforts of supporting people in the food and beverage industry including catering, food trucks, cafeteria, and food service supplying industries that are facing unforeseen financial hardship. The campaign will run from August 9th to August 22nd. 

The campaign consists of 18 Charleston-area bars and restaurants presenting a special Hat Trick Gin cocktail,  proceeds from the drink will be donated to Pay It Forward Charleston’s Emergency Relief Fund.

“There are so many people in F&B living paycheck to paycheck, that to know an outside organization is offering help where there is definitely a need is really important,”  said Ian Abriatus, bar manager at Bar Vauté.

Participating businesses will be competing for the highest sales of the specialty cocktail. The business with the greatest number of Hat Trick cocktails will win an all staff pizza and ice cream party with Mellow Mushroom and Off Track Ice Cream.

The following establishments are where you can find the Hat Trick benefit cocktail:

  • Bar Vautè at Le Banque
  • O-Ku
  • Bar Mash
  • Indaco
  • Oak Steakhouse
  • The Cocktail Club
  • The Kingstide
  • Butcher & Bee
  • Mex 1 Coastal Cantina (SI)
  • The Darling Oyster Bar
  • High Wire Tasting Room
  • Lenoir
  • The Post House
  • Basic Kitchen
  • Martin’s Bar-B-Que
  • Little Palm Bar
  • The Gin Joint

On Sunday, August 22nd the campaign will conclude with a benefit brunch at High Wire Distilling (311 Huger St.). There will be brunch cocktails and food by Daps from 10 am to 2 pm.

Pay It Forward Charleston is a nonprofit 501(c)3 charitable foundation. The Emergency Relief Fund offers grants to those employed by or who own restaurants or bars or are employed by a restaurant or bar supplier that are faced with unforeseen financial hardship. The organization stands with those in the food and beverage communities and is committed to “serving those who serve us.”

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