GAZ REGAN DEBUTS “JUST ONE SHIFT”
Bartenders Worldwide Unite to Raise $250K for Charity in 7 Days
By Francine Cohen
They say that Jesus turned water into wine. Impressive.
Equally impressive is what hundreds of bartenders around the globe are doing this week – they are turning wine (or liquor) into water. Now you might say that gives a whole new meaning to Mixology, but really, it’s all about the old fashioned bartender’s role of taking care of his community. These bartenders who care are going to be donating their tips from just one shift to benefit Wine to Water (www.winetowater.org), a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded by a bartender, that focuses on providing clean water to needy people worldwide. At the end of the given shift, the bartender will personally make the donation on-line, via www.winetowater.org/justoneshift, which will link to a running tally total on www.justoneshift.com
gaz regan, the bartender previously known as Gary Regan, is pleased to announce Just One Shift (www.justoneshift.com), a plan to raise a quarter million dollars for charity in a one-week time period by inviting bartenders worldwide to donate all or part of their tips from just one shift. The 2013 program kicked off Monday, April 8 and runs through Sunday, April 14; so you still have time to get out there and drink and help! Support the program by attending the noted shifts and tipping generously. Or, make an on-line donation www.justoneshift.com/donate/.
As explained by gaz, “This idea was borne of one of my favorite quotes from the Dalai Lama, which in fact had been my email signature line for years: ‘The capacity to devote yourself to the welfare of others yields otherwise unobtainable … potential for good,’ which is exactly how I would like to use my network. For years I’ve been telling everyone who’ll listen that bartenders can change the world and together with Doc Hendley, the ex-bartender who founded Wine to Water, we’re about to prove it.”
To find out where to drink for a good cause you’ll find a running list of participating bars sorted by city, as well as a calendar of shifts.
For more information, please visit www.justoneshift.com and www.facebook.com/gaz-regan and follow @gazregan. #justoneshift.