ChicagoPride.com Senior Vice President of Community Affairs, Bill Pritchard can be found promoting, hosting and producing events nation wide in the LGBT community. His personal campaign is to challenge, inspire and promote opportunities to make a difference in the lives of individuals, entities and communities around the world.
This morning I received an email from Dusty Hoffman, General Manager of Scarlet. He asked that I pass it along to you:
There is no way I could possibly express how grateful I am to our GLBT community as a whole, and how proud I am to call myself a member of it. I am assured, through your actions during this crisis, there is nothing we could not accomplish as a unified group of confident proud and educated Homosexuals!
I will never forget the first 25 years of my life and all I lived and accomplished, but from last Friday on I will always remember how the North Halsted community came out to remind my sister, Barbie and I, that no matter how damaged our house; we will always have a home.
Sadly, many members of the Scarlet Family depended on her as a large part if not all of their income. You can see many of them scattered about Halstead and I encourage you to support your Scarlet bartenders wherever they may be.
There will be many fundraisers in the upcoming weeks. Keep an eye out! Please feel free to email me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org, or check out scarlet’s Facebook page. ChicagoPride.com has been a great support to us all and will have these events posted!
The next fundraiser will be this Friday March 6 at Cell Block. From 9pm-2am and they will be donating 25% of the ring to relief efforts for all of our employees!
And for those of you have not seen the beautiful new Wild Pug they and Bill Pritchard will be holding a fundraiser next Tuesday March 10 from 7pm-9pm. The Wild Pug will be donating half the ring that night as well. I hope these fundraisers can also serve as a way to bring everyone who misses Scarlet together.
Scarlet was as much a home to many of you as it was to our staff. To our Extended Family of Patron’s I say one thing- SCARLET will return!
Conversations have already began about how we can ensure none of you have to go with out a place to view up and coming artists with Bret; explore the lighter side of S& M with Amy Armstrong; Oggle Hot Toddy; play a game of Beer Pong With Jennings; or do a shot of Jameson with Jared and Tom on a Saturday Night while bopin’ along with Psycho Bitch.
You are all as much a part of Scarlet as the stained glass behind the bar, so take care of each other and we look forward to the day when Scarlet’s doors open again even better than before!
My Eternal Gratitude
Dusty is truly one brave guy! I’m so touched with how he has responded to this turn of events. I am also encouraged to see the outpouring care and hope coming from the LGBT community! Keep it up gang! This is what life’s all about!
Be sure to include the March 23rd charity performance at Roscoe’s on your calendar! If you aren’t able to attend any of these, but would like to donate/help, please email me!