Nightlife Celebrates BTTF with Drink Specials at Cielo, Griffin, and Taj II

Most New York nightlife denizens either feel like they’re too important to stand in line, refuse to go anywhere that’s not the “It” place of the moment, or spend their evenings staring blankly at one another—or all three. So it’s refreshing to be amongst a group of people who’ve chosen to go out at night to make a difference. Last night, members and supporters of the Breast Treatment Task Force (BTTF) gathered at Griffin to kick off a month-long promotion in partnership with nightlife favorites like Cielo, the Griffin, and Taj II. The program collects profits from the venues’ specially designed signature cocktails to raise money for BTTF’s local program, which facilitates free mammograms, diagnostic follow-up, surgeries, and cancer treatment for patients without health insurance in NYC. It’s an example of how nightlife can serve a real purpose.

Now, when you head to Griffin and purchase their signature French 75, or Taj II’s Budina, or Cielo’s delish Ocean Dream, you’ll be imbibing for a reason. The proceeds from these luscious cocktails go to to a local New York woman in need. You can get these cocktails (that come in conjunction with a special donation line on your bill, so you can add any extra amount at your leisure) through August 27th.

image Executive Director Janice Zaballero, right, with Co-Chair Amanda Dell.

image Lilly Kim with friends.

image Dr. Julia Smith, BTTF Medical Director with Dr. Janna Andrews and former BTTF Board Member, Paulina Rogawski.

image Red Hot PR and Scallywag & Vagabond contributor Ricardo Garcia, with friends.

image Janice Zaballero with BlackBook’s Cayte Grieve.

Party Tonight: Have a Drink, Save a Life at Griffin

Tonight Kage Consulting — a nightlife powerhouse firm that holds venues like Griffin and Cielo in her arsenal — and BlackBook will be at Griffin from 7-9:30PM, fêting the Breast Treatment Task Force (BTTF), a local nonprofit that facilitates free mammograms, diagnostic follow-up, surgeries, and cancer treatment for patients without health insurance in NYC. Instead of simply asking for donations, BTTF has partnered with three of Kage’s favorite cocktail masters, Griffin, Cielo, and Taj Lounge, to bring you specially designed cocktails. A portion of the proceeds from the masterful mixology goes straight to a local New York woman in need. Details on the kickoff event and cocktails after the jump.


The women who find help from BTTF are patients who do not qualify for Medicaid, living between 250%-400% of the poverty level ($26,000 – $41,000 for single person household, $35,000-$56,000 for two-person household). If you put these stats into perspective, many of the women we know—young and old, especially those in the creative fields—would fall into this bracket. But New Yorkers can help by drinking up.

The Griffin French 75: Gin or Cognac, Lemon, & Champagne. image (Photo )

Cielo Ocean Dream: Bombay Sapphire, Orange, Cranberry & Pineapple Juice. image (Photo)

Taj Lounge Budina: Kettle One Vodka, Cucumber, Lime, & Mint image (Photo)

On top of this delicious donation, each location also gives patrons an opportunity to donate money to BTTF by adding an additional line on the bill for donations to be added. Cash and credit cards are accepted. Donations in the following amount provide this detailed care in full:

$25 = Provides One Hour Patient Coordination $50 = Provides Two Hours Patient Coordination $100 = Mammogram/Ultrasound for Uninsured Patient $250 = One Clinic Visit and Diagnostic Mammogram $500 = MRI for Uninsured Patient $650 = Core Biopsy for Uninsured Patient

Come by the Griffin tonight from 7-9:30PM, and pick up our June/July issue with Kylie Minogue (an inspiring breast cancer survivor, herself) on the cover. The drink promotion continues until Friday, August 27.