As our lives all have gone back to normal, those injured in the Boston Marathon bombing and the people close to those injured or killed face a very long road ahead of them. Matty Durgin, a Boston native now bartending in Hawaii couldn’t believe the events that transpired in his hometown and being so far away from Boston only compounded those feelings. He felt the need to try and help people and The Ward 8 Gesture was born. The below text is by Matty Durgin on behalf of The Ward 8 Gesture.
I humbly invite you to consider THE WARD 8 GESTURE as a memorial to the victims of the Boston Marathon Tragedy and as a charitable movement to aid the victims’ families with these unwelcome arrangements and to provide ongoing support for the families, and all who were affected by this act of hatred.
Krystal Campbell, one of the women killed in the blasts, was a local sister-in-arms in the Boston hospitality community, and a close friend in our extended family. Her death was the catalyst for me to rally this effort, but obviously this event affects many people and we’re taking this opportunity to gather my friends in hospitality to do whatever we can to help out.
The intentions of the Ward 8 Gesture are outlined here:
“If even a few hours of a service are set-aside so that the bar women & barmen can feature Ward 8s, a historic Boston cocktail, take a donation, and remember the innocent women, children, and Officer of the Peace that were taken from us during these terrifying situation and extend our condolences to their loving families.”
We’re calling our friends in hospitality to action from bartenders, bars & restaurants, brands, and industry folks all over and the effort is being organized as we speak. We’ll be running this event starting on Mayday and the effort will extend through the month’s end.
Any Bar or Bartender that wishes to contribute can simply email Matty Durgin at firstname.lastname@example.org and provide the following information:
Name & Location of Venue
Date & Time of Service
Once “registered”, Bars and Bartenders are simply asked to create and serve a WARD 8 cocktail (or any cocktail you wish), and take the sales or tips, or combination thereof, and donate it to the WARD 8 GESTURE to aid the families that have been affected.
Individuals or businesses wishing to donate directly to this cause may do so here:
The WARD 8 GESTURE is the National / International extension of the USBG BOSTON’s DrinkOne campaign.
I’m working closely with KIRSTEN AMANN of LUPEC & USBG BOSTON to facilitate & manage this effort.
Thank you all for your time and consideration.
Aloha aku no, aloha mai no.