Happy hour is on a mission at the first Cocktails Curing Cancer event in Bethany Beach.
Started in Burlington, Vt., Cocktails Curing Cancer is a non-profit helping in the fight against cancer, one cocktail at a time. The Nov. 13 event comes to 14 Global from 6 to 8:30 p.m.
“Everybody tends to love cocktails,” said organizer Lisa Condon, so it’s a win “when you can combine something that people do anyway socially and provide support locally for an organization,” she said. “And every single dollar goes to the organization.”
Bethany’s CCC will always benefit Beebe Healthcare’s Tunnell Cancer Center. Condon was impressed by the Tunnell mission to find a cure, plus provide hope for patients and for families.
“I talked to a lot of people, and Beebe’s Tunnell Cancer Center is amazing,” Condon said. “The fact that they are here in Sussex County is so important, and everybody that I’ve talked to locally... the experience that they’ve had there is top-notch.”
“We at Beebe are thrilled to have this great new partnership with Cocktails Curing Cancer. It is always a huge success when monies raised benefit our patients and families in Sussex County, where people like to give where they live,” said Thomas Protack, director of Beebe Medical Foundation, in a written statement.
Just as Vermont’s CCC started small and now brings hundreds of people, Condon expects Bethany’s to grow, possibly to a summertime event.
The night includes speakers, plus a toast in memory and honor of cancer patients. Every Happy Hour has a cash bar with a special signature drink. Tunnell earns one dollar per signature drink.
“It is a high-class, really fun cocktail party. That’s what it’s turned into, which was [the] vision all along,” Condon said.
She moved from Burlington to Delaware one year ago, inspired to bring Cocktails Curing Cancer too. (A third chapter is forming in Atlanta, Ga.) Where Vermont’s event is solely breast cancer, Delaware will serve all cancer patients.
“I want to give back in a meaningful way, really support families that are going through what I personally went though, but also finding ways to cure it,” Condon said.
Having lost her own mother to lung cancer in 2007 and her father to mesothelioma in 2013, Condon said she’s passionate about this cause and doesn’t personally get a dime from it.
She called it “significant” when a room of strangers supports each other.
“I think it’s really important when you walk into a room and you look around and you realize that every single person in that room is there because they have they same connection that you do. To realize you’re not alone in whatever battle you’re going through — it’s pretty significant.”
Plus it’s a fun and exciting event, where you’re bound to make new friends, she added.
Tickets include entrance, appetizers and one drink. Guests will want to bring cash for additional drinks and the chance auction.
Tickets cost $45 at www.EventBrite.com (search for Cocktails Curing Cancer). A few tickets may be available at the door.
“I think this is a really great opportunity for people in the Bethany area and in Sussex County to combine their social life with giving back,” Condon said. “Come eat, drink, socialize, enjoy and support a great cause.”