Stuart Isett for The New York Times
Murray Stenson, a beloved icon of cocktail and beverage culture, has recently been diagnosed with a heart ailment that is preventing him from working and may require a very expensive surgery. The legendary barman who took home top honors as Bartender of the Year at the 2010 Tales of the Cocktail, who has mentored many of today’s best bartenders and is friends to even more, is in need of assistance to help him with substantial medical bills from the complications. In spectacular fashion, the cocktail and bartending community has surrounded him and in a movement that isn’t even two days old yet, has already raised in excess of $16,200 along with events and fundraisers planned for around the country.
Below are MurrayAid events that are confirmed. More events will be added as they are announced.
Raising The Glass to Murray Stenson at Paratii Craft Bar
Saturday & Sunday October 27-28
Next Saturday and Sunday, October 27 and 28, Paratii Craft Bar will donate $2 for every cocktail they sell and $1 for every beer they sell.
MurrayAid Seattle @ Canon
Tuesday October 30
Details coming soon.
MurrayAid Seattle @ Zig Zag Café
Sunday November 4, 5pm-2am
Proceeds from the evening will be donated to the MurrayAid Fund. Please bring cash rather than credit–that will speed the distribution to the fund.
MurrayAid at Hale Pele
Thursday October 25, 5pm-1am
Proceeds from the evening will be going towards the fund, as well as an open Tip Jar for Murray.
What better way to help a great cause than by just ordering a cocktail, particularly one like The Last Word, the prohibition-era cocktail Murray is responsible for resurrecting. Can’t make it to an event? Visit MurrayAid for information on how you can donate.
Again, many more events will be added, so stay tuned. For bartenders, bars, or people looking to help, the MurrayAid Facebook Group is a good resource for up-to-date information, collaboration, and planning.
Murray, our thoughts are with you!