Raising the bar

Six local bar managers who joined forces earlier this year to hold a fundraising Bartenders’ Ball announced the event raised an impressive CI$1,000, which has been donated to the Bonaventure Boys Home in West Bay.

Local bar managers

From left: Paul Wammer from Hammerheads, Tony Scott, Bonaventure Homes Care manager, Chris Morash from Coconut Joes, Stefan Candby Petersen from Sapphire Lounge, Jason Moir from Aqua Beach, Todd Paidel from Calico Jacks and Scott McLean from O Bar. Photo: Submitted

The group of bar managers and owners from around the island – Scott McLean from O Bar, Stefan Candby Petersen from Sapphire Lounge, Todd Paidel from Calico Jack’s, Jason Moir from Aqua Beach, Chris Morash from Coconut Joes, Paul Wammer from Hammerheads – donated their time to set up the party at O Bar, rallying friends, staff and customers to attend. The event was held to coincide with the first-year anniversary of Service Industry Night (SIN).

During the event, which included a 300lb block of ice and a slide show of unforgettable SIN moments, the bar managers themselves became the celebrity bartenders, after which they donated all their tips to the charity.

Alan Silverman of Al La Kebab set up an exact replica of his restaurant in one of the O Bar VIP rooms and sold kebabs at a discounted price with a large percentage of the proceeds going to the Bonaventure Home.

Scott Mclean, Manager of O Bar and The Attic, commented: ‘I was absolutely amazed by the way the service industry pulled together for this event and successfully raise a substantial donation for such a worthy cause. Our record attendance confirmed what I already suspected – that, through hosting a year of SIN nights, O Bar has drawn the service industry together into a supportive island-wide group of friends.’

Care manager of the Bonaventure Home, Tony Scott thanked Scott McLean and the other bar managers for their efforts and said he was extremely appreciative of the donation, which will greatly benefit the boys in the West Bay home.

SIN is a weekly event at the O Bar geared towards those who work in the service industry. Each Monday, a guest bartender is invited from another restaurant or bar to compete against the O Bar staff to see who can ring in the most sales.

The Bonaventure Home is an entity of the Children and Youth Service Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to empowering young people with difficulties, helping them to achieve their full potential by providing care and support through its residential and day programs.

The boys at the Bonaventure Home have come to be there for a variety of reasons from struggling academically at school, to having Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder and depression. Some are sent there because their families have difficulties and feel they cannot support their child sufficiently. The boys, who range from age 10 to 18 are taught a range of social skills, life studies and vocational skills such as woodwork, mechanical engine craft, plastics and construction. The home also offers school-based programs and provides extra tutoring.

WHO THEY ARE

O Bar is open Monday to Friday from 10pm to 3am and is located on the second floor of Queens Court Plaza, Seven Mile Beach. Each night O Bar DJs spin to the sounds of Hip-Hop, House, Techno and more. For more information visit www.obar.ky. O Bar is a subsidiary of dms Organization, a business conglomerate engaged in the financial services, retail, real estate, media, and entertainment industries.

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