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Drink beer to help Rockaway residents

Fun fundraisers post-Sandy: Astoria Pub Crawl, Sticky Fingers and RUSH

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Posted: Thursday, November 15, 2012 10:30 am | Updated: 11:35 am, Wed Nov 21, 2012.

Lagers, IPAs, gin and tonics — booze, rightly so, hasn’t been factored into post-Sandy help until now.

(Well, for the most part. George Russo, the owner of Villa Russo, a catering hall in Richmond Hill, donated a keg to residents stranded in Broad Channel, which Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) ferried to the neighborhood while making a supply run to his constituents in the Rockaways on Nov. 2.)

Now on Saturday, Nov. 17 hundreds of people will snap on pub crawl bracelets and join the Drink Up To Dry Up! Astoria Pub Crawl to support Hurricane Sandy relief efforts in the Rockaways. So far 157 people have RSVPed, according to Facebook posts.

Signup costs $20. Drinkers will start at Canz or Gleason’s at 2 p.m., then roam from bar to participating bar: Studio Square, The Quays, Shillelagh Tavern, Blackbirds, Astoria Brewhouse, Karaoke Shout, Veslo, Irish Rover, William Hallet, Bud’s Ale House and Sweet Afton.

Astoria resident Ashley Tavoularis, who works at the creative media agency Cramp My Style in Chelsea, teamed up with her friends and Astoria neighbors Stephanie Constantinou, Christina Giorgetti, Angela Meloni and Andrea Triantafillou to ask the different neighborhood establishments to join their pub crawl.

“We were just watching TV and said we can’t sit back and not do anything. We’re looking to fundraise,” Tavoularis said.

The team will contact fire departments in the Rockaways and Long Beach, LI. They will also buy supplies for those devestated areas and then drive the goods out to different donation sites.

They will take pictures of all the receipts and post them to facebook.com/drinkup todryupny,“so those who donated can see where their monetary donations went specifically, as to maintain transparency,” Tavoularis said.

Additional questions can be sent to hurricanepubcrawl@gmail.com.

Two more fun fundraisers are the Sticky Fingers and Snapshots Fundraiser for Hurricane Sandy, hosted by several Long Island City moms at the Laughing Devil Comedy Club at 47-38 Vernon Blvd. and the Restaurants Unite for Sandy Help fundraiser, starting at the Sunnyside Community Center at 43-31 39th St.

For Sticky Fingers grab your little one and head to the club on Sunday, Nov. 18, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. There will be homemade treats as well as a full bar for the adults, baby and toddler photo sessions with a local photographer with digital prints available for purchase on-site, and a coat drive for New York Cares.

All proceeds from the bake sale and photo sessions and half of all drink purchases will be donated to the New York Cares Hurricane Relief efforts.

Next, head to RUSH, also on Sunday, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. A wristband purchased at the Sunnyside Community Center for $10 or $15 will give attendees access to local restaurants such as Bar 43, Quaint, Dog & Duck, CafÈ Marlene, Claret, Molly Blooms and Aubergine CafÈ, which will dish out their specialities while neighborhood bands show off their skills. There will be raffles, trivia and other activities as well with all proceeds donated directly to licensed nonprofit organizations in the hardest-hit areas.

RUSH started (in a “rush”) as a conversation between event organizer Ty Sullivan and now Entertainment Committee member Trevor Bowen, as a way to make money for the relief. Within 12 hours of their initial conversation, Sullivan and Bowen had organized a full-fledged concert and community happening with the help of Gina Rattan of the Sunnyside Cares group and the owners of Bar 43 in Sunnyside, who have already made several supply runs to the Rockaways.

Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) helped set up the event, which is expected to draw more than 400 people.

RUSH will simultaneously be conducting a social media campaign, to include a Tweetathon beginning a few days before the event through the event handle: #Sunnysidecares. Meanwhile facebook.com/sunnysidecares remains the main online resource for the event and will continue to raise awareness through the Facebook community.

Welcome to the discussion.