MORE THAN 4,200 DONORS HAVE CONTRIBUTED TO THE BARTENDER EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE PROGRAM'S COVID-19 RELIEF CAMPAIGN
USBG Foundation projects $6 million disbursed by week’s end
HENDERSON, NV (MAY 19, 2020) - The USBG National Charity Foundation announces today that since it began accepting contributions to its Bartender Emergency Assistance Program COVID-19 Relief Campaign in March, it has received donations from more than 4,200 individuals and companies.
Donations have come in all sizes, from a few dollars from individual donors up to hundreds of thousands and even millions from beverage companies.
“Donor contributions keep the engine running,” said Kim Haasarud, USBG National Charity Foundation volunteer board member. “We all have a role to play in helping our industry navigate the most challenging obstacle it has ever faced, and their generosity has enabled us to assist every kind of bartender you can imagine, from every corner of the country.”
She continued, “It’s also important to give a shout out to the bartenders who were approved for a grant, saw their level of need change - maybe they received unemployment or their state opened back up allowing them to return to work - and chose to decline the grant, making that money available for a member of our hospitality family in greater need. It’s a sign of the times that perfectly illustrates the spirit of giving that makes the people of our industry so special.”
The USBG Foundation also reports that it expects to have disbursed $6 million in grants by week’s end.
Statistics as of May 19, 2020:
Total applicants: More than 295,000
Total donors: More than 4,200
Total $ committed: More than $8 million
Total volunteers: More than 500
Total volunteer hours: More than 11,000
Link to donors and supporters to date: HERE
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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 www.usbgfoundation.org.
About the Bartender Emergency Assistance Program
The purpose of the Bartender Emergency Assistance Program (BEAP) is to assist those in the bar industry who are in need of assistance as a result of a catastrophic event or an emergency hardship. Fire, weather, medical, national crisis, or a family emergency, the BEAP is here to assist bartenders in their time of need. Our goal is to assist as many qualified industry members as possible each and every year. We are striving to ensure that the BEAP is sustained as a safety net for those in the industry who need it most. Our hope is that you will support us to "help us serve those who serve us.” www.usbgfoundation.org/beap.
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