Twenty-three establishments across the NY Metro area join in the fundraising
efforts of Chemo Comfort by creating signature cocktails for their patrons. These signature cocktails are sold for 10 days, October 11-20, right in the heart of Breast Cancer Awareness month. Proceeds are donated to Chemo Comfort to support our programs. This is our seventh annual Cocktails for Comfort event.
We have an enormous variety of participants – speakeasies, pubs, a distillery, a rooftop bar, a cabaret. We have award- winning bars and restaurants, casual and elegant. There truly is something for everyone. Venues are in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Westchester County, and New Jersey.
Chemo Comfort is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life of cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy. The organization distributes kits filled with products to help manage nausea, mouth sores and hair loss, among other side effects of chemotherapy. There are also “feel good” items such as a sleep cap, warm socks, meditation CD, book, journal and helpful hints from the founder about combating side effects of chemo. Approximately 75% of kits distributed annually are donated, primarily to patients in need within the greater New York area.
Chemo Comfort, an all-volunteer run organization, was founded by two-time breast cancer survivor Anne Marie Paolucci in 2003. Ms. Paolucci’s mission comes from personal experience: “Starting chemotherapy is a frightening experience. We are saying to patients ‘Here is a box of tools put together by someone who’s been there. Know that you are not alone and these tools will help you take care of yourself during this difficult journey.’” In July 2014, Ms. Paolucci was a NY1 New Yorker of the Week.
Alexis, Art Bar’s manager, has had personal experience with the organization: “The Chemo Comfort Kit provided me with essential and very useful items and information while I was undergoing chemotherapy. The kit was thoughtfully put together and provided much needed comfort during a difficult and scary time. I have since purchased several kits for friends and loved ones who were equally grateful for the Comfort they provide! I am thrilled that Art Bar is once again able support this wonderful cause!”
Multiple venues are repeat participants and we are proud to have 11 newcomers, including our first venue in New Jersey, Corgi Spirits in Jersey City. Chemo Comfort serves all cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy. October (Breast Cancer Awareness Month) is special to the organization as the founder is a two-time breast cancer survivor. To celebrate, we invite you to Raise Spirits Together with Chemo Comfort.
Acme 9 Great Jones St; 212-203-2121
Art Bar 52 Eighth Ave; 212-727-0244
Bathtub Gin 132 9th Ave; 646-559-1671
Boulton & Watt 5 Avenue A; 646-490-6004
Burke and Wills 226 W 79th St., Ground Floor; 646-823-9151
Cowgirl 519 Hudson St (@10th St); 212-633-1133
Employees Only 510 Hudson St; 212-242-3021
Feinstein’s/54 Below 254 W 54th St, Cellar, NYC; 646-476-3551
Gran Morsi 22 Warren St; 212-577-2725
Katana Kitten 531 Hudson St; 212-243-3007
Manhattan Cricket Club 226 W 79th St, 2nd Floor; 646=823-9251
Slowly Shirley 121 W 10th St; 212-243-2827
The Back Room 102 Norfolk St; 212-228-5098
The Central Bar 109 E 9th St; 212-529-5333
The Happiest Hour 121 W 10th St
The Skylark 200 W 39th St 30th floor; 212-257-4577
The Tippler 425 W 15th St
Tijuana Picnic 151 Essex St.; 212-219-2000
Oliver’s Astoria 37-19 Broadway, Astoria, NY; 718-806-1479
Vintage 1891 Kitchen, 2098 Boston Post Road, Larchmont NY; 914-834-9463
Corgi Spirits 1 Distillery Drive, Jersey City, NJ; 201-448-4184
Many venues have a virgin version of the event cocktail. Participants are donating 10%-50% of cocktail price, depending on venue.