Drinks 4 Do-Gooders: Go Out, Have a Drink and Do Some Good

Anne Kelly, Founder D4DG Foundation is joined by Board Members Kirsty Powell, Greg Stokes, Justin Pagnard.

Anne Kelly, Founder D4DG Foundation is joined by Board Members Kirsty Powell, Greg Stokes, Justin Pagnard.

The mission statement of one of the west side’s newer philanthropic groups, Drinks 4 Do-Gooders, is simple:

“To do good within the local community, have fun, network, and most importantly provide financial and advertising assistance to smaller, local nonprofits and charitable organizations. Doing good in the community doesn’t have to be hard, it can be as easy as going to happy hour!”

In that spirit, Drinks 4 Do-Gooders approached Community West Foundation in support of its SocksPLUS initiative and held an event at Toast Cleveland at 1365 W. 65th St. in the Gordon Square District. The March 27 event was Drinks 4 Do-Gooders first choice in quarterly events for 2015.

David T. Dombrowiak President & CEO, Community West Foundation, with his wife Mary Ann, and daughter Lauren Sharifi and her husband, Youness.

David T. Dombrowiak President & CEO, Community West Foundation, with his wife Mary Ann, and daughter Lauren Sharifi and her husband, Youness.

Community West Foundation staff Dan Roth, Chief Financial Officer, Linda Spencer, VP Administration, Communications and Marketing, Ginger Vaughn, Receptionist, Pat Kubene-Simacek, Special Events Coordinator and Peter Schindler, Senior Program Officer.

Community West Foundation staff Dan Roth, Chief Financial Officer, Linda Spencer, VP Administration, Communications and Marketing, Ginger Vaughn, Receptionist, Pat Kubene-Simacek, Special Events Coordinator and Peter Schindler, Senior Program Officer.

“We are excited to announce that we will be donating over $1400 to Community West Foundation as part of their SocksPLUS campaign to help the homeless,” says Anne. “We are overwhelmed by the support from Community West Foundation for our homeless. We are just pleased as punch to begin a partnership with them and look forward to having many of fantastic do-gooders at our future events and doing some really cool work in our community!”

Drinks for Do-Gooders was founded in 2010 as a result of a “light bulb moment” surrounding doing good in the local community. Founder Anne Kelly was attending a Rotary Luncheon where she heard the story of the ‘Lost Boys of Sudan.’ In their early to mid-thirties, they were peers to Anne but had been through struggles she couldn’t imagine. When she compared her suburban upbringing to their fight to survive, she realized that she should be doing more in and for her community. She needed to encourage her friends to do so as well….but how did she make doing good seem easy?

She approached a good friend and fellow Rotarian, Dave Diffendal, about the idea of raising money at happy hour. Since there was a large group of friends already getting together on a regular basis, what if they collected the cost of one beer ($5) and then donated that to a local charity? Drinks for Do-Gooders was born with the slogan “Come out, have a drink, and DO SOME GOOD!”

Over time both the Rotary Club of Cleveland and the Cleveland Professional 20/30 Club were instrumental in helping build support for the organization. Since inception in 2010 Drinks for Do-Gooders has raised over $15,000 for organizations such as Art House, Project Night Night, Engineers without Borders, Coats for Kids, Monroe Street Cemetery, the Lost Boys of Sudan and of course, SocksPLUS through Community West Foundation.

Want to be a Do-Gooder? “We’d really love to hear more about your organization and see if it’s a fit for one of our events,” said Kelly. “We’d also love to grow our team of volunteers.” Visit Drinks4Good.org to learn more.

Visit CommunityWestFoundation.org to learn more about the SocksPLUS initiative.

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