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“Raising Glasses To You Badasses” will honor program’s more than 500 volunteers and 4700+ donors

HENDERSON, NV (JULY 14, 2020) - The USBG National Charity Foundation announces today that on Tuesday, July 21 at 6 p.m. Pacific/9 p.m. Eastern it will host “Raising Glasses To You Badasses,” a 90-minute virtual toast to, and in celebration of, the more than 500 volunteers who contributed more than 11,000 hours of service and the 4700+ donors who pledged more than $9 million to the Foundation’s Bartender Emergency Assistance Program COVID-19 Relief Campaign.

Said USBG Foundation volunteer board member Kim Haasarud, “Since the first day of our COVID-19 Relief Campaign, there has been no greater illustration of the generosity and spirit of service that exists in our industry than the hundreds of people who donated thousands of hours of their time to combing through nearly 300,000 initial applications. By stepping up their dedication enabled us to disburse more than $9 million in grants. The amount of pride and gratitude I feel for them is immeasurable.”

USBG National Charity Foundation Executive Director Aaron Gregory Smith said, “We’re incredibly grateful to our donors for committing their dollars to the Foundation’s COVID-19 Relief Campaign. As bars continue to open back up only to close again, we realize how far we are from the finish line. We continue our work to help as many bartenders as we possibly can.”

“Raising Glasses To You Badasses”

Smith, Haasarud, and USBG National President Kyle McHugh will offer remarks throughout the program.

The virtual comedy show will be emceed by author and leadership speaker James Robilotta. Featured performers include Abbie Crutchfield, Jasmine Ellis, Patrick Henry, Jason Hewlett, Karen Jacobsen, Steve Jeanty, Zara Khan, Judson Laipply, Jennifer Mason, Jon Petz, Tara Rolstad, Chet Sewell, Jenna Smith, and Grey Bush Metal.

Please see here for information on how to view the event.

Performances come at no cost to the USBG Foundation.


What is the USBG National Charity Foundation’s COVID-19 Relief Campaign?

Via the campaign, modest, yet meaningful emergency grants of $150-500 drawn from generous donations will be allocated to as many eligible applicants as possible so as to be as impactful as possible. It’s important to be clear that these emergency grants are intended to supplement federal relief programs that are designed to help with larger, sustained expenses.

More information on the USBG National Charity Foundation’s COVID-19 Relief Campaign can be found here.

Follow updates through USBG National Charity Foundation social media channels: IG/FB/TWITTER: @usbgncf/@USBGNCF/@USBGNCF

Tune into the USBG National Charity Foundation’s weekly Instagram Live briefing @usbgncf on Thursday, July 16 at noon Pacific/3 p.m. Eastern.


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 Bartender Emergency Assistance Program

The purpose of the Bartender Emergency Assistance Program 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.” Lean more at


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Colin Baugh

Emblem Public Relations



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