Local VFW raising money for community nonprofits

Kendra Lolio | December 05, 2018

Local VFW raising money for community nonprofits
For the last eight weeks the folks at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 449 in West Warwick have been bringing in different ‘celebrity’ bartenders on Monday nights to raise money for local nonprofits this holiday season. Members of the post are calling the initiative Charity Tap Night. Every Monday night a different “celebrity” bartender serves drinks to patrons to benefit a different charitable organization, who ends up with a check at the end of the night from the proceeds. The goal is two-fold, according to George Russell, who is coordinating the effort and volunteering his time every Monday night to assist the celebrity bartenders. They started the Charity on Tap program to both help local organizations and to help the general public learn more about their local VFW post. West Warwick Postmaster Paul Payton has also participated in the effort. “The idea is to find more local charities,” Russell said. “We’re trying to find ones that don’t have a national footprint, who are truly looking for people to help out.” They held their first event on October 15 to coincide with Monday night football, with celebrity bartenders including members of the West Warwick Town Council. Drinks cost $5, and $2 per drink as well as all tips were donated to local nonprofit Angel in Action RI. The event has been sponsored by Brookside Package store.

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