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Ice Creates New Chance to Party for a Cause – 12 Bars of Charity

12 Bars of Charity

12 Bars of Charity St. Louis Moved to January

St. Louis, MO/December 30, 2016 (STLRestaurant.News) — The holiday season is hectic. Sometimes there just isn’t enough time to do everything we’d like to do.  Add a weekend of icy roads and the window of holiday opportunity narrows even more.  But the ice that slicked St. Louis roadways in mid-December has created an opportunity for charity-minded revelers in January.  That’s because the Twelve Bars of Charity St. Louis which had been set for December 17th was postponed because of icy roads.  The new date is January 7th.  The annual pub crawl raises funds for some of your favorite charities while you have a good time bar hopping across town.  Tickets for the original event will be honored on the new date.  But the good news for the rest of us is that you can still buy tickets for the January 7th event!

The 12 Bars of Charity began in St. Louis in 2012 with the idea of creating a pub crawl that benefited not just one charity, but several locally-based organizations.  Event organizers had hoped to draw a few hundred people to a dozen participating bars that first year.  To say they succeeded would be an understatement, since more than 1,900 people took part.  Since 2012 there have been more than 17,000 participants who have raised more than $200,000 for charity.  This year, 25 St. Louis bars are taking part in the fun and the event has spread to Dallas, Austin, Tampa, Denver, and Baltimore.

This year’s St. Louis event will raise funds for eight different causes:

The World Pediatric Project brings critically ill children from impoverished areas to St. Louis for medical treatment.  They also fund preventive dental care for 400 Missouri kids.

Stray Rescue of St. Louis rescues abandoned and abused animals, many with medical needs, restore them to health, and find them loving, adoptive homes.

The APA Adoption Center is an independent not-for-profit organization takes in more than 3,000 stray and abandoned animals each year without government funding.  This group houses about 300 adoptable animals daily.

Hope for Young Adults With Cancer is a St. Louis-based 501(c)(3) focused on providing direct financial support to young adults (18-40) with cancer.  Hope4YAWC is one of only a handful of nonprofit organizations in the country to do so.

Friends of Kids with Cancer is St. Louis’ charity aimed at helping kids with cancer be kids by helping families deal with the daily challenges of fighting the disease while safeguarding the important experiences of childhood.

The St. Patrick Center is one of Missouri’s largest providers of housing, employment, and health opportunities for people who are homeless and those at risk of becoming homeless.

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital was founded by Danny Thomas to advance cures and preventive treatments for catastrophic, pediatric diseases and injuries.  St. Jude treats children regardless of race, religion, or ability to pay.  No one gets a bill because “all a family should worry about is helping their child live.”

Autism Speaks was founded in St. Louis to fund research, increase awareness, and connect families to resources.  It has grown into the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization.

Here’s how it works: Go to the 12 Bars of Charity website and select your charity team.  Then buy your $30 ticket online.  Bring your printed (or emailed) ticket and an ID (proving you are at least 21) to registration at Ballpark Village from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. on January 7th (the new date).  Pick up your official 12 Bars of Charity team sweatshirt and wristband (you’ll need it for the shuttle and drink discounts).  Then begin the crawl!

A shuttle will take you to some of the best local bars in the Washington Avenue entertainment district, in and around Ballpark Village downtown, and in Soulard.  From 8:00 p.m. to midnight, each bar is offering their own drink specials featuring Bud Light, Budweiser, Bud Select, and Ketel One Vodka Cocktails. Shuttle stops along Washington Avenue include: Flannery’s, Lucas Park, Rosalita’s, Hair of the Dog, Bobby’s Place, and Over/Under. Downtown destinations include the Ballpark Village hot spots: Cardinal’s Nation, Fox Sports Live!  And the Budweiser Brewhouse, as well as the Start Bar, Wheelhouse Downtown, Flying Saucer, Howl at the Moon, PBR, and Drunken Fish.  The shuttle to Soulard will make stops at Big Daddy’s, The Goodluck Bar, D’s Place, Johnny’s, Duke’s, Great Grizzly Bear, Henry’s, Molly’s, Llywelyn’s, and the Social House.  All shuttles will start and stop at Ballpark Village.

Thanks to extra time for ticket sales, there are even more great things happening.  Organizers have announced that instead of $10 of each ticket going to the listed charities, they’ll be able to donate $15!  And when you check-in at BPV, your first beer is free!  If you had tickets for the original event and can’t make the Jan. 7th date, your tickets are transferable.  A friend can even pick up your sweatshirt, as long as they have your ticket.  If you can’t get there to get your shirt, send an email to [email protected] and they’ll make arrangements with you.  So far, this year’s event has raised more than $70,000 for some very deserving local charities, and registration is still open!

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She began her career in public radio while still a student at the University of Missouri-St. Louis (where she earned a B.A. in Communications). She soon made the jump to news/talk radio, handling assignments from field reporting, airborne traffic, and news anchor, to producing and hosting daily talk shows. She’s also worked in television, most recently as the inaugural producer for The Allman Report on KDNL-TV 30, and as a news writer and reporter for national and international newswire services.

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