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Where Everybody Knows the Bartenders' Names

"Celebrity Bartender Night at Tashua Knolls Golf Club Tuesday will raise funds for the Swim Across the Sound.

Patrons dining at the Eagles Nest Grille & Bar at Tashua Knolls Golf Club in Trumbull Tuesday night will see two familiar faces while ordering drinks at the bar. The first selectmen from Monroe and Trumbull will be taking beer orders and serving up mixed drinks — and it's all for a good cause.

Celebrity Bartender Night will be held from 6 and 9 p.m. and 25 percent of the proceeds will benefit the Swim Across the Sound.

Monroe First Selectman Steve Vavrek, who bartended to get through college, said he and Trumbull First Selectman Tim Herbst had participated in the fundraiser on separate night's last year.

"It's always good to be able to do something together with other towns," Vavrek said Monday. "This will be a bigger event with the two towns coming together for a great cause. It's all in good fun."

Herbst said, "I am looking forward to participating in the celebrity bartending event tomorrow evening. As someone who has had family members who are cancer survivors, these types of events are important to support the good work and efforts of St. Vincent's Swim Across the Sound and I look forward to lending a hand to help them out."

St. Vincent's Medical Center's Swim Across the Sound provides "cancer education, screening and prevention programs at low- or no-cost for the underinsured and uninsured. In addition, the SWIM helps individual cancer patients on a case-by-case basis with specific needs, such as the funding of wigs and prostheses, medication assistance, free transportation to treatments and appointments, day-care scholarships and support groups," according to its website.

For information about Celebrity Bartender Night, call 459-2521 or visit TashuaKnollsBanquets.com.

MADD August 21, 2012 at 03:25 PM
Fund raising by selling alcohol, really? Will people be driving to this event? Swim Across the Sound is a great cause and I am a supporter but this event has not been well thought out. If you are raising money by selling drinks I would think that you would want to sell more drinks to raise more money. What if some one leaves this event and then gets into an automobile accident and someone gets hurt? How would that affect this charitable cause? I can just imagine the fallout. Someone needs to reexamine this whole affair.
Michael Ruszkowski August 21, 2012 at 08:46 PM
Good for the First Selectmen of Trumbull and Monroe, I think this is a good opportunity to have a few laughs, connect with friends & neighbors and in doing so help a good cause. MADD - while I support your organization and can understand the concern, people can have a couple of drinks and still act responsibly. Let's spend our efforts educating rather than judging.

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