Local bartender Brad Ingwell may have to go through cancer treatment, but his pals in the industry are not going to let him do it alone.
Fellow hospitality vets Paige Farrell and Mike Haigis dreamed up “Brad-a-Palooza ” as a way to raise Ingwell’s spirits — and perhaps a few bucks — as he shoulders the burden of attempting to vanquish the stage 3A lung cancer diagnosis that totally blindsided him this past winter.
“We’re trying to structure it as an opportunity to raise some money and show our support,” Farrell said of the mini-bar crawl.
Liquid courage is scheduled to flow freely Friday from 6-10 p.m. at both 201 Bar and Union Pub (201 Massachusetts Ave. NE); a $50 contribution (suggested) will grant participants access to a partial open bar (rail liquor), light appetizers, live music, a photo booth, a silent auction and raffle.
Per Farrell, those more comfortable donating less can still enjoy the food and entertainment as well as signature drink specials (just no open bar).
All donations will go towards helping defray Ingwell’s out-of-pocket expenses for the ongoing medical treatment.
“I’m really touched by it,” Ingwell, who serves as area director of the two participating watering holes as well as the fledgling Barrel , said of the outpouring of support he’s received from the Capitol Hill community.
Still, he’s very much looking forward to putting this whole being sick thing behind him.
“The prognosis is relatively good. They think they can cure it,” Ingwell shared.
That’s the spirit.