In Binghamton at Remlik’s Oyster Bar and Grille the 3rd annual Celebrity Bartending fundraising event sponsored by the Southern Tier Aids Program (STAP) took place Sunday from 4pm to 7pm. The event was attended by several hundred individuals over the 3 hour event. The purpose was to increase the funding for STAP, allowing it to continue its community outreach and programs.
The Celebrity Bartending event was a colorful light-hearted and good-spirited spectacle. There were people from every age, income, race and political background at the event. Entertainment included several drag queens, members of the Binghamton Opera, even Binghamton Mayor Matt Ryan serving drinks as one of the several celebrity bartenders.
The goal of the event was for the performers and bartenders to compete in gathering donations, with the event split into rounds that were 1 hour each. At the end of the event the bartender or performer that garnered the most donations had a cocktail named in their honor, served at Remlick’s. But the real winner was STAP, and it’s ability to continue its work in combating AIDS/STD’s and education on prevention.
The fundraiser received over $13,237.25 at the last count before the event finished around 7:30pm. It was the most successful of the annual fundraisers, and left high hopes for the prospect of next years event.
The Southern Tier Aids Program (STAP) was founded in 1984 and provides HIV and Hepatitis C prevention education as well as community outreach. STAP provides for HIV and STD testing, counseling, prevention education and more for not only the gay/lesbian community but also people of color, incarcerated individuals, the mentally ill, substance users and those in active recovery, homeless individuals, and all others that are part of the community. Areas of service include: Broome, Chemung, Chenango, Courtland, Delaware, Otsego, Tioga, and Tompkins counties.
STAP promotes several events and fundraisers throught the year, the next is the AIDS Walk/Run on April 22, 2012 in the Greater Binghamton Sports Complex.
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