As bartenders and hospitality workers statewide confront the devastating effects of the COVID-19 crisis, the 2020 Arizona Cocktail Weekend (AZCW) is making a $10,000 donation to support the critical work of two local nonprofits helping Arizonans facing sudden unemployment.
Donated directly by the AZCW’s nonprofit Jupiter Foundation, $7,500 will go to the Phoenix-based nonprofit, Another Round, Another Rally in its mission to serve as a necessary financial resource for the hospitality industry by providing $500 relief grants for hospitality workers who lost their jobs or had their hours cut.
AZCW has also made a $2,500 donation to its longtime charity partner, Local First Arizona Foundation, to support the hospitality industry and build a more diverse and resilient Arizona economy. (Local First Arizona will also be able to double the donation thanks to a matching program funded by SRP.)
“On behalf of the entire Arizona Cocktail Weekend team, we feel very blessed to be able to make these donations in this time of need. We couldn’t have done it without the incredible support of the local cocktail community.”Damon Scott, Co-Founder, Arizona Cocktail Week
Arizona Cocktail Week was co-founded in 2010 by Damon Scott (Rattle & Rum) and Ross Simon (Great Minds Drink Alike and Bitter & Twisted), plus partner, Aaron DeFeo (Little Rituals), to support the industry, and bring national attention to our state’s cocktail scene.
Co-founded in 2019 by the former president of the Phoenix Chapter of the United States Bartenders’ Guild, Travis Nass, Another Round, Another Rally is perfectly positioned to quickly get funds, “into the right hands at the right time to support as many local bartenders as possible,” Scott says. Plus, “Local First Arizona Foundation has been a partner with Arizona Cocktail Weekend since we moved to downtown Phoenix three years ago, and it was important for us to continue to support their efforts now more than ever,” Scott says.