Cocktails for a Cause Raises $4,500 during Inaugural Season; Announces 2013 Beneficiaries and Schedule

Champagne flutes and ribbons

Cocktails for a Cause has completed our inaugural season with fundraising totals of $4,500 for Heartly House, Hospice of Frederick County’s Camp Jamie, Children of Incarcerated Parents Partnership and Frederick County 4H Therapeutic Riding Program. Without your generous support, we would not have been able to help out these non-profit organizations in such meaningful ways.

We plan to thank YOU, our supporters, and celebrate our first-year success at a birthday party November 20 from 5-8 p.m. at The Greene Turtle. This event is free and open to the public, but donations will be accepted to help fund our operating budget. Our current business model does not keep any funding for our organization, so all money raised this year has been passed on to our beneficiary organizations. Additionally, The Greene Turtle will donate 10 percent of the day’s profits to Cocktails, so your are invited to stop by all day on the 20th.

2013 Beneficiaries:

Cocktails for a Cause has chosen five beneficiary organizations for the upcoming 2013 season. Believers’ Club (ARC of Frederick County), Second Chances Garage, Woman to Woman Mentoring Program, and Community Living have been selected for events. A full schedule will be announced in the near future, but events are tentatively planned for February, April, June and September. Additionally, Cocktails for a Cause will solicit school supplies and other items for the Children of Incarcerated Parents Partnership during our November event.

New for 2013: We will be offering a Cocktails Club season pass option. Pay in January for the entire year’s events and get a discount! Stay tuned for more details…

Make a tax-deductible donation before the end of the year! Donate online today!


Check out our new video!

Thanks to the creative genius of the team at Digital Bard, we have an awesome new promo video. Watch it, share it and watch it again! We hope you enjoy it as much as we do!

Announcing our next event!

Giving Never Felt So Good!

Cocktails for a Cause brings you another chance to have a blast and help out a great cause!

When’s the Party?
Monday, October 1 from 5-8 p.m.

Where’s the Party?
The Cellar Door
5 E. Church St. (at the corner of Church and Market)
Frederick, MD

What You Need To Know:

Admission is only $15 and includes your first drink, but don’t wait – space is limited and this event will sell out quickly, so make sure you register in advance online by selecting Event Registration from the menu bar above.

And the best part is that all of the proceeds from this event will benefit the Frederick County 4H Therapeutic Riding Program. The mission of the organization is to provide a recreational experience and therapeutic regimen to Frederick County citizens with medically certified mental, physical and emotional disabilities, through appropriate equestrian activities.

The program began in April 1984 as a special project under the Frederick County 4H Horse and Pony Club. They provide a seven week session of riding instruction each spring and fall and their 76 students ride free of charge. Classes are held on Tuesday and Thursday evenings and all day Saturdays. The program always has a waiting list of applicants, but enrollment is limited by money and the availability of volunteers. The Frederick County 4H Therapeutic Riding Program is not funded through any Federal, State or County funds. They rely solely on private donations and fundraising events like this.

So raise a glass and help us raise awareness for an amazing cause.

We’ll see you on October 1!

AAF Greater Frederick Create-a-thon

A few months ago, Cocktails for a Cause was selected by AAF Greater Frederick as their nonprofit beneficiary for this year. What does this mean? It means that we received a ton of amazing advertising, marketing, branding and all sorts of other creative goodness for free! We’ll be releasing our new logo, photos, videos and more in the coming weeks and months, so get ready!

A HUGE “thank you” and “cheers” to everyone who helped with this awesome effort!

Whitney Hahn, Angela Ashbaugh, Sam Tressler and Meghan Boehman of Digital Bard

Laura Wallace and Amber Buhrman of Worx Graphic Design

Jennifer Gerlock of Want2Grow?

Lianne DeLawter of Enmasse

Jen Tyler of Kalico Design

Brad Johnson of

Jed Spencer of Greenbaum & Bernstein

Sarah Thompson of Ascendex

Aynex Mercado of Aynex Designs

MK Battles of Mary Kate McKenna Photography

and Niko Negas and Richard Belles of Cornerstone Catering

More than $7,600 in services and food were donated during the Create-a-thon! Simply phenomenal!

Great news!

Great news! We raised almost $800 for the Children of Incarcerated Parents Partnership (COIPP) at our last event. A BIG thank you to everyone who attended and made donations to this wonderful organization. Our next event will be in September. Stay tuned for more details…

You’re invited!

We are thrilled to announce our next Cocktails for a Cause event for beneficiary organization Children of Incarcerated Parents Partnership (COIPP)!

Our next event will be Thursday, June 21  from 5-8 p.m. at Sushi Densha, 5010 Buckeytown Pike, Suite 148, Frederick, MD 21704 (located near Cici’s Pizza).

Admission is $15 and must be pre-paid because this event will sellout! Register online by clicking on the “Register for our next event!” link at the top of the page.

About COIPP:

Mission: Assist children and their caregivers when a parent is incarcerated and to communicate their needs and share their plight with the community.

This non-profit, voluntary group has accomplished much in the past few years. Projects include: creation of a library/book giveaway for children in the Frederick County Detention Center waiting room; resource baggies for children and their caregivers; ‘Caregivers day out’ at the Jefferson School of Cosmetology; creation of a DVD on this topic; donations and resource packets to local camps created for the children; and much more.

COIPP could also use our assistance in collecting the following items for the children that they help. You may bring these items to the event:
  • Small Stuffed Animals
  • Stationery
  • Stamps
  • Small Blankets
  • Journals
  • Pens
  • Markers (Washable)
  • Crayons
  • Pencils
  • Small Notebooks
  • Disposable Cameras
  • Baby Board Books
  • Glue Sticks
  • Towels
  • Washcloth
  • Family Sized Bar of Soap
  • Shampoo
  • Wide-toothed Comb
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • The Kissing Hand Book

Thank you and we look forward to seeing you on June 21!

Check presentation to Hospice

We were pleased to present a check to Hospice of Frederick County’s Camp Jamie last week. Pictured from left to right are Chuck and Kriste Kidd, owners of The Canal Bar & Grill, Katie Barkdoll, treasurer of Cocktails for a Cause, Kate Charuhas, community relations coordinator for Hospice of Frederick County, and Jacque Barkdoll, vice president of Cocktails for a Cause.

Thank you to everyone who attended and supported this event! We’ll be posting information soon about our next event.

Event wrap-up

Thank you for supporting last night’s event to benefit Hospice of Frederick County’s Camp Jamie. Together, we raised more than $1,400 for this wonderful organization. We are beyond thrilled! THANK YOU!

We are working out the details for our next event and will let you know as soon as everything is finalized. Thank you for your continued support of Cocktails for a Cause and our beneficiary organizations.

We are sold out!

Thanks to everyone who registered early for our March 14 event. We are now sold out.

Event registration is now open!

Update: We are sold out! Thank you! 

Cocktails for a Cause is pleased to invite you to another fun event for a great cause! Join us March 14 from 5-8 p.m. for happy hour at Canal Bar and Grill, 49 S. Market St. All proceeds will benefit Hospice of Frederick County’s Camp Jamie.

Camp Jamie is a special weekend experience for grieving children ages 6-14. This carefully designed program helps children begin to talk about their feelings related to a death of someone special and teaches them coping skills for dealing with those feelings. Thanks to the generosity of the Frederick community, Hospice of Frederick County’s Camp Jamie is available to the children of Frederick County at no charge.
Our event will include a complimentary wine tasting, $5 burgers (available for purchase), amazing raffle prizes and lots of fun!
Space is limited and this event will sellout, so please register in advance using this link. Admission fee is $15 per person and includes your first drink.
Note: If you are registering for more than one person, please put the registrants names in the PayPal comment section. You may also contribute additional funds to Camp Jamie via the registration link. Thank you!