More Sandy Relief Benefits This Week, All With a Boozy Twist

It’s great that after a few weeks, two holidays, and another on the way, people are still recognizing the disaster that Hurricane Sandy caused in various parts of the city. In the next nine days there are four fun events aimed at raising money for victims, displaced families, and devastated businesses. Here are some ways you can give more to the relief efforts, and drink your face off at the same time.

Tonight, hit up the Bowery Hotel for the 1st Annual New York Bartenders Ball featuring live music by Chances With Wolves and cocktails made by drink mavericks from Death & Co, Employees Only, PDT, Ward III, Dutch Kills, Dram, The Whiskey Brooklyn, and Weather Up Tribeca. Starting at 7pm, $100 gets you in for a five-hour open bar with food, and every penny goes to Occupy Sandy NYC Relief and the Soaring Spirits Loss Foundation

Also tonight, the $10 donation at the door of NYC Heart’s NYC event at The Tippler will be donated to victims of the hurricane. While you feel good about giving back, you can also feel good about shaking your tail to Diane Birch and Maverick & Ice, and then, participating in the live auction hosted by Brian McCarthy. The party runs from 6pm to 2am, and they will serve $10 cocktails and nibbles all night long. 

The Barman’s Fund is at it again, but this time they are inviting you to party down at Dutch Kills on Sunday, December 2 at 9pm until 2am. Join them for the 2nd Annual Barman’s Fund Holiday Shindig, where for $50 you can feast on food by #7 Sub and The Vanderbilt, sip cocktails made with Brooklyn Gin, Tito’s Vodka, Owney’s Rum, and others, all mad by barman Richard Boccato. All proceeds go to various NYC charities. 

Next Tuesday, December 4, The Brooklyn Brewery hosts a Hurricane Sandy relief fundraiser for Rockaway Surf Club, Red Hook Initiative, and Coney Recovers. Tickets run $40 and include a commemorative tasting glass, unlimited samples of beer from breweries including Blue Point, Kelso, Dogfish Head, Empire, Founders, and more. With all these incentives, giving has never felt so good.


Photo by Caspar Newbolt

Cranksgiving Ride For Charity

What, you may ask, is Cranksgiving? Well that’s simple. In 1999, Cranksgiving started as an annual charity event in New York, and consists of three main parts: a food drive, bike ride, and scavenger hunt.

First, the food drive. All food and money gathered gets donated to St. Mary’s Soup Kitchen, City Harvest, and the NY Bike Messenger Foundation. Last year, they collected more than 900 food items, 350 jars of baby food for women’s shelters, and over $1,300 for City Harvest.

Next, the bike ride, which runs about 12 to 15 miles and takes participants all across the city in search for various foodstuff. You can ride any bike you want, just make sure to wear a helmet, bring a lock, and study your map before you go. Last year they had 175 riders participating, so it’s a busy, but energetic, crowd all foraging for canned goods. “The goal is to find the best route through all the stores,” said organizer Ken Stanek. “I try to make it a bit of a logic-puzzle challenge in that way.”

Finally, the scavenger hunt. Why just go to a store to buy goods when you could have a manifesto that states where you have to go and what you need to find? The scavenger part of Cranksgiving is what makes it challenging and fun. Plus, it replicates the job of a bike messenger, which helps bring awareness to what they do and how dangerous it can be.

Registration for Cranksgiving takes place this Saturday, at 12:30pm at Solar One in Flatiron, and the race starts at 2pm. The event finishes around 3 or 4:30pm, depending on how far you get, at St. Mary’s Church in the Lower East Side.

The after party and awards ceremony commences at 5pm, at Chrome Store in SoHo, and the after-after party is in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, at the bar/bike shop Red Lantern Bicycles

With all this going on, the motto for Cranksgiving should be: Ride on, be safe, and give back. The best part is, it’s a fun way to do it. 

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