Monthly Happy Hour Events Benefit Local Nonprofits
NEW ORLEANS – In an effort to highlight local nonprofits, trepwise and Eiffel Society recently launched a fall monthly event series dubbed “trepwork for good.” The final event for this season takes place on Wednesday, Nov. 14, at Eiffel Society (2040 Saint Charles Ave.), during a 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. happy hour.
Tomorrow’s philanthropic event benefits two nonprofits with food pantries – Broadmoor Improvement Association and Love in Action Outreach. Guests can donate food during the event; the person who provides the heaviest non-perishable food donation will receive a prize.
Eiffel Society approached trepwise about their happy hour idea – the “Pay It Forward Happy Hour” – since trepwise collaborates with nonprofit organizations throughout the Greater New Orleans area.
“We saw this as a great opportunity to provide our clients a fundraising platform, as well as exposure to promote their causes and create awareness for their organizations,” said Genevieve J. Douglass, the marketing director of trepwise – a growth consulting firm that powers organizations to maximize their potential.
“Nonprofits are a large part of our work and we believe that by strengthening these organizations, we can strengthen our community,” she added. “New Orleans is filled with meaningful nonprofits working to improve daily life in every sector of our community, from education and community sustainability, to arts and culture and neighborhood improvement, and feeding those in need.”
The happy hour specials include $3 beers, $5 house wine, and $6 drinks.
Participants can sip curated cocktails, such as the “NourishMint Julep” for $7, and the “Love Overboard” rum punch for $5. Nonalcoholic versions of the cocktails will also be on hand.
Chef Johnson’s food truck will park outside the Lower Garden District venue and serve up Creole and Cajun inspired delights. Their full menu will be available.
Both the Broadmoor Improvement Association and Love in Action Outreach will split 20 percent of the bar proceeds; they will also collect donations at the door. Each nonprofit organization will have the opportunity to address the crowd and host their own fundraising activities onsite.
Broadmoor Improvement Association will sell one copy of their How Do You Cook Dat? cookbook for $10, and in-turn, donate another copy to someone in need. They will also sell bottle openers for $5 and raffle an assortment of prizes, including gift certificates to Celebration in the Oaks and Juan’s Flying Burrito, as well as high-end jewelry from designer Kendra Scott. All proceeds benefit the association’s food pantry.
Love in Action Outreach will raffle two gift baskets – a Saints-themed basket, and a “Naturally N’awlins” basket. The proceeds will benefit the organization’s food pantry and their ability to feed families in need.
Douglass said her group’s goal is “to help these impactful organizations raise funds to support the work they do, and extend their reach within the community.”
“But most importantly,” she notes, “these events are an opportunity to honor the work that they do and celebrate that.”
The free event is open to the public, but guests are encouraged to register on Eventbrite.
By Biz New Orleans associate news editor Suzanne Pfefferle Tafur