4th Annual Charity Bartender Auction for HEP – Bringing the Community Together Again
Blur Nightclub, one of the Bay’s top late-night hot spots located in the heart of Downtown Dunedin is excited to host their 4th Annual Charity Bartender Auction for Homeless Empowerment Program (HEP) on August 26th, 2018 at 7pm.

Teaming up with over 100 local restaurants, bars and businesses around the Bay to orchestrate an event that, in the last three years, has raised over a whopping $85,000 for HEP. HEP is a top charity that calls Clearwater home and has a mission to break the cycle of homelessness for the thousands of people it helps each year. HEP monitors its programs to measure progress against stated goals and make necessary refinements throughout the process. Since 1986, the HEP mission has been to provide homeless and low-income individuals and families, including veterans, with housing, food, clothing and support services necessary to obtain self-sufficiency and improved quality of life. HEP also boasts some impressive statistics and numbers – looking back to 2017, HEP served 1,204 residents including 127 children and 504 veterans and managed to crank out an astounding 114,199 nutritional meals in their state-of-the-art dining hall. Impressively, 98 percent of the families that exited HEP’s permanent supportive housing in 2017 acquired independent housing back in the community.

The premise of this event is to enlist the help of our very own hospitality folk from your favorite bars and restaurants around Tampa Bay. The enrolled participants, with the help of their rightful establishments, have the creative freedom to put together their own fund-raising efforts by hosting special events such as beer dinners, corn hole tournaments, bake sales, GoFundMe™ campaigns, dunk tanks and a slew of other fun ways to raise money by creating community awareness and action. The real competition happens on the night of the event when all participants gather at Blur Nightclub in Downtown Dunedin and have the opportunity to get on stage and gather more donations from friends, family and general patrons of the event in an auction style campaign. Participants with the largest donation pots walk away with some amazing prizes and the chance to be named 2018’s “Most Charitable Bartender in Tampa Bay”. This year has produced an incredible number of prizes to go around for participants and event patrons – over $20,000 in participant prizes, raffles and silent auction items have already been gathered…surpassing last year’s impressive tally $12,000! So many sponsors to thank for their incredible generosity.

This year’s goal is set to break 2017’s record of $36,000 raised and push past the $40,000 mark by utilizing the help of all participants and the amazing sponsor donations allocated for silent auctions and raffles. As the host venue and event organizer, Blur Nightclub also donates all proceeds from featured Tito’s Handmade Vodka cocktails purchased the night of the event, 100 percent of the $5 donation door proceeds, a 50% tip donation from its bartenders that evening, and 100% of raffle ticket purchases from two preceding charity bingo events for HEP held at Blur.

In the end, the event is an incredible night of fundraising and networking. With the support of so many enthusiastic participants each year, this auction has become a highly anticipated event over the last 4 years. This large joint effort helps the lives of thousands of local families, children and veterans right here in the great Tampa Bay.

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