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1,000 Miles for Helen With Team Negroni


Month-long ride seeks to raise $130k

HENDERSON, NV (OCTOBER 6, 2020) - Today the USBG National Charity Foundation, and renowned Las Vegas bartender and cyclist Tony Abou-Ganim, announce Abou-Ganim’s plan to cycle 1,000 miles in the month of October representing Team Negroni, with the goal of raising $130k benefitting the Helen David Relief Fund (HDRF).

Abou-Ganim, a lifetime member of the United States Bartenders’ Guild, founded the HDRF in memory of his cousin, Helen David, herself a bar owner who twice survived battles with breast cancer. The mission of the HDRF is to support bartenders and their families affected by breast cancer and other forms of cancer. In partnership with the USBG National Charity Foundation, Abou-Ganim set out on his first fundraising ride for Team Negroni in 2015.

Said Abou-Ganim, “This is a cause near and dear to me. Helen was an incredible person on both sides of the bar, was the first person to put a cocktail shaker in my hands, and was my original mentor. It’s due in large part to her that I have pursued the bartending profession and have enjoyed the wonderful career it has afforded me.”

He continued, “She also taught me a lot of what I know about life, fighting through adversity, and the importance of giving back. I’ll always remember her and each year we do this ride, I appreciate more and more the people who give of themselves to raise money for those in our industry facing this awful disease.”

How to participate:

  • Ride: Through the month of October, anyone can participate in their own ride, either on their own schedule, or “along with” Tony for all or part of the 1,000 miles he will ride. Participants can log miles on any kind of bike - road bike, beach cruiser, stationary, etc.

  • Donate: No bike? No time? No problem. Click HERE if you’d simply like to make a tax-deductible donation.

Said USBG National Charity Foundation volunteer board member Kim Haasarud, “Cancer turns lives upside down. Add to that the crushing effect the pandemic has had on our industry and we’re left with families that need financial assistance more than ever before. If you can raise funds, please do. If you have the means to donate, please do.”

Abou-Ganim will join Haasarud on Thursday, October 8, for “The Foundation Weekly” on Instagram Live. Tune @usbgncf at noon Pacific/3 p.m. Eastern.

Follow Team Negroni on social media through the hashtags #TeamNegroni & #TeamNegroni2020. To learn more about Team Negroni, please visit For more on the Helen David Relief Fund, please visit


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About the USBG National Charity Foundation

The USBG National Charity Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, advances the lifelong stability and well-being of service industry professionals through education and charitable activities. The USBG Foundation accomplishes this mission through programming that focuses on social responsibility, community service, and philanthropy. The USBG Foundation was formed in 2012 to expand the charitable impact of the United States Bartenders’ Guild (USBG) community. You can learn more about the USBG Foundation at

About the Helen David Relief Fund

The Helen David Relief Fund (HDRF) at the USBG National Charity Foundation honors the memory of the beloved Port Huron, MI bar owner and community leader who was a 2-time breast cancer survivor Helen David stands as an inspiration to those living with the disease. Her cousin, Tony Abou-Ganim founded the HDRF in her name to assist qualified members of the hospitality industry who are taking on cancer, and specifically breast cancer, with the dignity and courage Helen displayed throughout her battle. You can learn more about the HDRF at


Media inquiries:

Colin Baugh

Emblem Public Relations




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