Three St. Charles Avenue Restaurants and Bars Band Together to Host Pub Crawl Fundraiser to Assist Newspaper Employees and Contractors Set to Lose Jobs
NEW ORLEANS, Thursday, June 28, 2012 – Three St. Charles Avenue restaurants and nightspots in the Lower Garden District and NOLA Brewing are banding together today to host a pub crawl benefiting dashTHIRTYdash. Participating venues include:
- The Avenue Pub, 1732 St. Charles Ave. (at Polymnia). Named “one of the Top 100 Beer Bars in America” in 2011 by Draft magazine, the venue will donate 100% of all liquor, beer and wine sales between 6-9 PM to the fund. (Please note that Avenue Pub is a 21-and-over establishment.)
- Mia’s Balcony, 1622 St. Charles Ave. The restaurant will donate 10% of food sales for the entire day, plus 100% of NOLA Brewery beer sales to the fund.
- The Irish House restaurant, 1432 St. Charles Ave., will donate 100% of NOLA Brewery beer sales from 6-9 PM to the fund.
NOLA Brewing is donating all of its branded tap beers to the event. Crescent Crown Distributing also is assisting with the evening.
Times-Picayune alumnus Chuck Cook, now news content advisor for student media at The University of Southern Mississippi, will be selling dashTHIRTYdash t-shirts to benefit the fund during the evening. Prices are $15 for civilians, $5 with a Times-Picayune employee ID.
Then, on Sunday, July 1, Slim Goodies Diner, 3322 Magazine St. also in the Lower Garden District, will contribute 20% of its receipts to the fund. Hours are 6 AM to 3 PM.
dashTHIRTYdash is the newly created fund to financially assist Times-Picayune employees and contractors slated to lose their jobs or a significant portion of their income Sept. 30 as the newspaper abandons daily publication. A number of local restaurants and businesses – ranging from the Ralph Brennan Restaurant Group to jeweler Mignon Faget – have created either special products or menu offerings or hosted events, all with some portion of proceeds going to the fund.
Individuals, companies or organizations wishing to donate to dashTHIRTYdash may send checks payable to the Contemporary Arts Center, but in the memo line of the check, please write DashThirtyDash Fund. Checks should be mailed to the Contemporary Arts Center, c/o Glenn W. Gruber, Associate Director/CFO, 900 Camp St. New Orleans, LA 70130. Again, contributions are tax-deductible. Fund organizers also are working on online credit card and/or PayPal donation options.
New Orleans-areas restaurants, bars or other businesses interested in hosting benefits for dashTHIRTYdash or donating proceeds from sales of products or services should contact Times-Picayune alumna Rebecca Theim at phone number or email address below.
dashTHIRTYdash is a fund to financially assist employees and contractors of The Times-Picayune slated to lose their jobs or a significant portion of their income Sept. 30 as the newspaper abandons daily publication. The Contemporary Arts Center of New Orleans is serving as the fund’s fiscal agent, which makes dashTHIRTYdash contributions tax-deductible. The fund also is benefiting from the professional expertise of CAC’s Accounting Services Program, which serves New Orleans-area non-profits.
The designation “-30-” historically was added by journalists to the end of their reports to indicate “end of story.” But on June 12, 2012, -30- took on a new meaning in New Orleans, as Times-Picayune staffers used it on Facebook and other social media to simply yet powerfully signal that they were among the roughly 200 staffers who will lose their jobs as the 175-year-old, Pulitzer Prize-winning paper pivots to primarily digital distribution.
dashTHIRTYdash is inspired by the post-Katrina “Friends of The Times-Picayune,” which was created in 2005 by four newspaper alumnae. That fund assisted employees across the newspaper who lost their homes or suffered serious financial losses after the storm.
FOR MORE INFORMATION: Rebecca Theim (Times-Picayune alumna, 1988-94), 702-622-8154 (cell), rebecca at rebeccatheim dot com.