There is nothing light-hearted about cancer. However, even the most serious subjects deserve a serious party. Sometimes gathering like-minded souls together to fight a shared villain is the right thing to do. This weekend we hosted our third annual Mellow Yellow Benefit to raise a glass, and raise money and awareness for the LIVESTRONG Challenge for the Lance Armstrong Foundation.
We set out to raise $5,000 by inviting people to attend our party and make a donation to LIVESTRONG as their ticket to entry. We asked for donations of services and food and beverages to keep our costs down and to be able to donate all proceeds to the Foundation. I am moved by the outpouring of generosity I found every time I asked. To date we have raised $6,000!
Three Texas spirits companies — Republic Tequila, Tito’s Handmade Vodka and Treaty Oak Distilling Company — gladly donated for a third year in a row. Heck, Republic Tequila also sent two beautiful bartenders and Republic Spirit Blends to set up and staff a margarita bar! They made Twisted Margaritas. Here is the recipe:
- 1 ½ ounces Republic Tequila
- 1 ½ ounces Republic Jalapeño-Lime Spirit Blend
- 1 ½ ounces Republic Prickly Pear Spirit Blend
- Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker filled with ice Shake and pour into a rocks glass
Josh Hare, brewer at Hops & Grain, sent over 10 cases of beer on the eve of his brewery’s first anniversary.
Ed and Susan Auler of Fall Creek Vineyards donated wine for a second year in a row and came to the party to wish us well and enjoy the fun. Miguel Lecuona of Fredericksburg Wine Road 290 was a tour de force gathering four cases of donated wine from seven Texas wineries and delivered them with a smile.
Special thanks to all of our beverage sponsors:
- 4.0 Cellars
- Becker Vineyards
- Chisolm Trail Winery
- Fall Creek Vineyards
- Grape Creek Vineyards
- Hilmy Wine
- Hops & Grain
- Rancho Ponte Vineyards
- Republic Tequila and Republic Spirit Blends
- Starlite Vodka
- Tito’s Handmade Vodka
- Treaty Oak Rum
- Waterloo Gin
- William Chris Vineyards
- Wine Road 290