The Casa Dragones #CocktailsAtHome Virtual Competition

Cash in hand for innovative but easy-to-make recipes, as part of the brand's Bartender Community Outreach project

In March, luxury tequila brand Casa Dragones debuted an ambitious initiative aimed at putting money directly into the hands of bartenders. The Bartender Community Outreach initiative came together in about one week, as executives learned of mass closings of bars across the US and raced to find ways to help the embattled bar community. “We looked at our budgets and said, why don’t we do a …

Beirut’s 72-Hour Online Nightlife Fundraiser, Electronic Labor Day

A citizen-led virtual party organized to raise funds for hospitality workers

Before the pandemic arrived in Lebanon, Beirut’s nightlife pulsed with global renown. Then came the government-mandated lockdowns. Like in other cities, Lebanon’s hospitality industry took a major hit as non-essential businesses were shuttered. But the absence of state-sponsored assistance for those left jobless would be more glaring, further straining an already dire economic situation prior to the pandemic. It is estimated that 25,000 workers in …

Miami’s Funding Arts Network Turns 20 Years Old

Miami’s Funding Arts Network (aka FAN) turned 20, and continues its mission to support, empower and enhance the city’s artists. To celebrate its long and significant role in the art scene, FAN offered up grants “totaling $250,000 in amounts ranging from $5,000 to $25,000 to 21 Miami-Dade non-profit organizations.” Since founders Deborah Hoffman and the late Nita Prieto-Maercks discussed starting the initiative, FAN has contributed …