Note: a previous version of this blog said the event is at Balcony Bar on Magazine Street. The address has been fixed.
Once a month, each bartending member of The Barman's Fund will donate a shift's worth of tips to a local charity. The New Orleans chapter of the group, first organized in New York earlier this year, begins tonight: chapter organizer Holly Williams tends bar at Balcony Music Club (1331 Decatur St.) from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m., and all tips earned will benefit Second Harvest Food Bank and the New Orleans Women's Shelter.
Williams was inspired by her New York friends involved with the Fund and wanted to get New Orleans bartenders involved. Williams assembled a loose group of bartenders with Fund shifts on assigned days through December, and more are planned for January.
"It had done so well there," Williams says, "I thought, 'You know, I know so many bartenders here that would love to give back if they knew how.'"
Since April, the New York group has raised $25,000 for low-income cancer patient care, community health centers, senior centers, the Coalition for the Homeless, special needs students and other organizations.
The December Barman's Fund schedule is below the jump. Cheers.
Thursday, Dec. 8
Stephanie Stewart at Johnny White's (733 St. Peter St.), 3 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 9
Marla Posey at Cochon Butcher (930 Tchoupitoulas St.), 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Wednesday, Dec. 14
Joe Francis at Orleans Grapevine (718 Orleans Ave.), 4 p.m. to midnight
Thursday, Dec. 15
Jenny Kay at the Boondock Saint (731 St. Peter St.), 3 p.m. to 11 p.m.