Jackrabbit, at the Hotel Duniway, is a Portland Charity Cocktail participant.
Photo credit; David Alvarado
Portland Charity Cocktail
Drink and do good through this program, which supports local nonprofits.
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Launched in 2018, the Portland Charity Cocktail program supports local nonprofits serving people experiencing homelessness in Portland. For each featured cocktail sold at a participating bar (see list below), $1 is donated. Travel Portland regularly collects donations from program participants and presents them to the designated nonprofit organization.
How it Started
The charity cocktail concept was originally created by Kimpton Hotel Monaco’s then-general manager, Ryan Kunzer. Kunzer rolled out a similar program at the hotel in fall 2017. After immediate interest from guests and the program’s early success, he brought the concept to Travel Portland for expansion.
“Portland is an incredible city. At the Kimpton, we found that both residents and visitors are looking for opportunities to help strengthen this community,” says Kunzer. “Through the Charity Cocktail Program, our staff are able to talk with guests about one of the many ways we are giving back to those in need while inviting them to contribute with a very low barrier for entry.”
Inspired by Kunzer’s success, Travel Portland invited Portland hotels, bars and restaurants to join the effort. “Every year, the city of Portland welcomes nearly 9 million visitors, in addition to entertaining residents from across the region,” says Tamara Kennedy-Hill, Vice President of Destination Management, Equity, and Community Affairs at Travel Portland. “By expanding the Portland Charity Cocktail Program to the city’s broader hospitality industry, we have the opportunity to raise visibility for two tremendous nonprofit organizations while also creating a sustainable funding stream to support important projects within our community.”
From July 1–Dec. 31, 2019, donations will go to p:ear. Founded in 2002, p:ear builds positive relationships with homeless youth to affirm personal worth and create more meaningful and healthier lives. Their programs include education, arts and recreation, as well as job training programs through their barista school, gallery and bike mechanic school.
In its first year, the program generated a total of $26,708 for two local nonprofits.
Cocktail sales in the first six months produced $5,080, which was matched by the Travel Portland Foundation for a total contribution of $10,160 to Transitions Projects Mobile Engagement Unit. Transition Projects delivers life-saving and life-changing assistance to some of Portland’s most vulnerable residents. The Mobile Engagement Unit is a pilot initiative that connects people experiencing homelessness to essential health, shelter and housing services.
In the next phase, $11,548 was generated through cocktail sales, with an additional $5,000 from the Travel Portland Foundation, for a total contribution of $16,548 to the New Avenues for Youth Service Industry Training & Placement Program. This New Avenues for Youth program helps young people develop the skills to gain and retain employment in the tourism and hospitality industry. It also helps foster a pipeline of talent for the region’s growing tourism sector.
This hotel draws on Spanish roots and European style, and offers guests free Wi-Fi, a fitness center, a convenient downtown location and easy light rail access. Onsite dining options include AC Kitchen, AC Lounge and the Slab coffee shop.
Aloft is a fresh, modern hotel near the airport. Downtown Portland is easily accessible via light rail, and the Cascade Station shopping center is just out the front door. Enjoy the bar, 24-hour pantry, lounge, spa amenities and free Wi-Fi.
Enoteca Nostrana is a bright, fresh gathering place that boasts a two-story glass wine cellar. The menu features regional Italian dishes, a vast wine selection, a full bar, and Italian and local beers.
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Located on the airport grounds, this is the closest hotel to the airport terminal — it’s accessible by a 24-hour, complimentary airport shuttle service. They offer 24-hour room service, a 24-hour fitness center, a pool, complimentary Wi-Fi and more.
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