Raise a Glass & Do Some Good
Partnering for a Better Lancaster Community
2014 has been a wonderful year for our pub and our community. We introduced new specials that were enjoyed with rave reviews, welcomed community members and friends, toasted with old pals, and celebrated another successful year of fresh seasonal cooking with a dash of character.
It is with great fondness that we reflect back on one our most recognizable events, our Celebrity Bartending Nights. During these special evenings, some of Lancaster’s most influential movers and shakers joined us to mix up cocktails and pour delicious brews to raise funds and awareness for their favorite local non-profit organizations. 100% of the tips benefited local organizations. So far, we have raised over $11,000 this year.
Lancaster County is brimming with organizations that provide valuable and exceptional services to our community. As we look back on 2014, we want to highlight our community partners and remind you of the great work they are doing to make Lancaster a stronger community for all.
Characters Pub 2014 Community Partners
In February, when snow banks flanked our city streets, patrons shook off the cold and raised a glass to the Lancaster City Alliance, which focuses on advocacy, community safety and economic development, Music for Everyone, dedicated to strengthening the role music plays in our schools, and the YWCA of Lancaster, promoting their mission of youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.
In support of our dear friend and Rice & Noodles Owner, Vy Banh, you joined us in March to help raise funds for her philanthropic efforts and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s annual Man & Women of the Year fundraising competition. All of the proceeds from this evening’s event benefited cancer research in Central PA.
The Heart Ball, held each April, is one of the American Heart Association’s most memorable events. Proceeds from this evening’s Celebrity Bartending Night supported cardiovascular research, education and advocacy efforts throughout Lancaster.
The Arch Street Center opened a new facility this year on North Market Street. Our May event celebrated their new location, which provides more recreational and meeting spaces so they can expand their services and continue to provide support for adults experiencing mental health challenges.
In June, as the temperature began to rise, we partnered with the Central Market Trust to celebrate another bountiful growing season and the market’s long history as the country’s oldest operating farmers’ market. Many of these farm-fresh seasonal ingredients are used in our dishes daily, so we were excited to support this great cause.
July was a double hitter of Lancaster power houses. Lancaster REC has been providing our community with neighborhood-based recreation and learning opportunities since 1909. Along with the REC, the Lancaster Women’s Winter Shelter provides community, shelter and hope to women and their children facing homelessness. Both of these organizations strive to improve our community and empower its members to live full, happy lives.
We were humbled by the generosity our patrons showed the Community Action Program – CAP in August. CAP focuses on helping low-income families increase their resources, provides child care, early education, food, and senior assistance to hundreds of people throughout Lancaster.
In September, as the leaves began to change, we partnered with Fig Lancaster, a recognizable local publication that specializes in reflecting the soul of Lancaster City. They mixed up cocktails with a splash of moxie and raised money for their 2014 Social Mission Partners – Friendship HeART Gallery, Gaudenzia and the Lancaster Public Library. All three organizations exemplify what it means to support our community through valuable services and programs.
For the last three years we have collaborated with the Power Packs Project for our Feed 500 campaign. We kicked off this year’s fund-drive at our Celebrity Bartending Night in October. Proceeds from this event were combined with the generosity of our community, allowing us to provide hot, nutritious, and delicious Thanksgiving meals to 500 children and their families this Thanksgiving.
Thank you to all of our volunteers and members of the Power Packs team for their tireless efforts to provide nutritious options to those families who are food insecure in our community.
We all have so much to be thankful for and in November we joined the Lancaster Housing Opportunity Partnership – LHOP, to raise awareness and show our support of their mission to provide quality, fair and affordable housing opportunities throughout Lancaster County.
To wrap up our year of community partnerships we will be hosting the Transitional Living Center – TLC, on Wednesday, December 17th from 5:00pm – 9:00pm. Come join in the holiday cheer, support their mission to strengthen the Lancaster County Community, as they provide individuals with the tools and inspiration needed for them to meet their housing and financial challenges.
We have had a wonderful time celebrating and supporting these remarkable organizations throughout the year. On behalf of everyone here at Characters Pub, we would like to thank you for your continued support and generosity.
We wish you Happy Holidays and look forward to seeing everyone again in 2015!