The short version is: A rocking party on Jan 5th at Enrico's in SF with all your favorite bartenders on their nights off, with pretty great raffle prizes you're likely to win, and even better silent auction items.
The slightly longer version is: Tony Devencenzi scored a rare bartending job that came with health insurance. Unfortunately, he managed to get himself hit by a car before the insurance kicked in. OOPS! So in an effort to mock him for being so clumsy help him out, other bartenders in town are throwing a big fat party.
Full details are below, or search Facebook for "Celebration for Tony Devencenzi"
San Francisco Bartenders Unite to Help Tony Devencenzi
Fundraiser at Enrico's on January 5th
San Francisco, CA--December 29, 2008—The United States Bartenders Guild, San Francisco Chapter (USBG-SF) and friends and family of Tony Devencenzi have united to put together a benefit to raise funds to defray Tony's rising medical costs. An affable barman at The Clock Bar, Tony was struck by a car on Sunday December 14, 2008. He is in stable condition and is expected to recover entirely over time; however, his lack of health insurance and loss of work time only equates to escalating bills.
The USBG-SF established a Bartender Relief Fund earlier this year to help uninsured bartenders in times of need.
"In the past couple of years we have seen a few of our colleagues suffer traumatic situations with no insurance and loss of work," stated USBG Vice President H. Joseph Ehrmann. "Sadly, we did not expect to use the funds we have raised so soon after establishing the fund. The need for affordable health insurance is once again brought to light amongst career bartenders."
The benefit is on Monday, January 5, 2009 at Enrico's Sidewalk Café from 6:30-11:30 p.m. Enrico's has generously donated the space and food for the event. Donations are welcome at the door, $10 raffle tickets will be sold onsite and a silent auction will begin at 6:30 and end at 10:30 p.m. Key raffle and auction items include a signed Sammy Hagar Guitar, limited edition signed first run tequilas, tequila from Tommy's personal collection, magnums of wine, top notch spirits, cocktail books, restaurant gift certificates, ski lift tickets and a night of Chef Joey Altman cooking at one's home.
Live Music by The Backstreet Burner Blues band with headliner Joey Altman from 8:30-10:00 p.m.
Texas Hold 'Em Clinics by 21 Fun from 8:00 pm-11:00 pm.
The bars will be staffed by some of the best in the Bay—donating 100% of all tips and proceeds to the fund. Additionally, bars across the city have set up Tips for Tony jars including Levende Lounge and Clock Bar.
All donations can be made out to USBG and mailed to the USBG at 95 Fairmont Dr., Daly City, Ca 94015 or email the USBG at NorCalUSBG@gmail.com with the amount you would like to donate via credit card.
Note: you can also donate by PayPal on the Facebook site.