For those familiar, Pig & Punch Volunteer Day will be held on its traditional Tuesday during Tales of the Cocktail. So please mark your calendar for July 17th!
For those unfamiliar, the week before the event, we gather a group of industry professionals at a KIPP NOLA campus to do some serious volunteer work - painting, building furniture, cleaning, landscaping - they name it, we'll do it! As many of you know, the Sunday party is a kick-ass time, but what some of you may not know is that Pig & Punch doubles as a volunteer effort as well as the Sunday fundraiser. Money we raise through merchandise and contributions at the party is donated to the KIPP charter school in New Orleans. But equally as important is the army of bar professionals that descend on the chosen KIPP campus to perform a work day that would otherwise cost thousands of dollars to execute and certainly wouldn’t happen with the strength and efficiency that our industry applies to the day.
This is the 8th time we have worked with the KIPP Charter School organization in New Orleans and we can't say enough wonderful things about them. Their mission is “to teach their students to develop the character and academic skills necessary to succeed in high school and college, to be self-sufficient, successful, and happy in the competitive world, and to build a better tomorrow for themselves and us all." Since it's inception, Pig & Punch/Swig n' Swine has raised $366,350.44 and volunteered 9,371 hours, with the lions share contributed to KIPP NOLA. This year, we hope to surpass both the $400,000 and 10,000 hour marks! This year, we are incredibly fortunate to have a partner in Edrington, with their generous offer to match the amount we manage to raise through the event!
"Because Louisiana public schools are some of the least funded in the country, KIPP New Orleans Schools relies heavily on philanthropic support. The Bon Vivants have become not only our favorite volunteer group due to their work ethic, brute strength, ability to literally move mountains (AKA sports equipment), and huge hearts but also as one of our largest individual donors. Due to the annual commitment from The Bon Vivants, we are able to include their contribution as a line item in our operating budget, which significantly enables our ability to meet organizational needs. Providing high quality education and preparing our students for college and choice filled lives wouldn’t be possible without the generosity of the Bon Vivants." - Kristen Chawla, KIPP New Orleans Schools Development Manager. If you want to read up on what KIPP is all about, check out their website: https://www.kippneworleans.org.
We'd like to acknowledge that making it to volunteer day might mean another night or two of lodging, another night away from work, a longer trip to New Orleans, etc. Not a single ounce of that effort is lost upon us or KIPP New Orleans, and on behalf of KIPP, we thank you in advance for continuing to make this special day a priority.
As we get closer to the date of the volunteer day and once we have the full list of people coming out, we will send more details with timing, location, transportation, attire, etc. It is important that you fill out the Google Form to RSVP only if you plan to attend (not just because it sounds like something you'd like to do) as we will need an accurate headcount for lunch, transportation, etc.
We look forward to hearing back from you all, seeing everybody soon, and making this year more successful than any year yet!
Thanks, The Bon Vivants Crew
It is very important to us to recognize and show gratitude to all of our partners and sponsors on this event series... some long time, some new. Without all of their commitments, this event series would not be possible. Love them, use them, thank them: Don Q Rum, Absolut Elyx, Jim Beam Black, Knob Creek Rye, Suntory Whisky Toki, El Tesoro Tequila, Bombay Sapphire Gin, Lillet, Perrier Jouet, Dubonnet, Luxardo USA, Ancho Reyes, Aperol, Campari, Averna, Cynar, St. Germain, Martini Riserva Rubino, Martini Riserva Ambrato, Chareau, Barrow's Intense Ginger Liqueur, Cointreau, Lo-Fi Gentian Amaro, East Imperial, Brewed and Distilled, and Babylon Burning!