Celebrity bartender battle brews support for Georgetown chamber


GEORGETOWN – Here’s a tip: Count on another bartender battle supporting the Greater Georgetown Chamber of Commerce in the not-so-distant future.

Fun in fundraising was brewing Thursday night at JD Shuckers restaurant as five dignitaries stepped behind the bar in the Celebrity Battle of the Bartenders.

“The place was packed,” said GGCOC treasurer Anthony DelFranco, among the five celebrity bartenders. “A lot of laughs. It was a lot of fun.”

From left, celebrity bartenders Anthony DelFranco, Mary Ann Leager, State Sen. Brian Pettyjohn, Georgetown Mayor Bill West and State Rep. Ruth Briggs King and one of the Celebrity Battle of the Bartender patrons, State Rep. Pete Schwartzkopf.

Bartender tips totaled $844 to support the chamber’s activities.

State Sen. Brian Pettyjohn passed the “bar” exam with flying colors, garnering tops-in-tips honors with $211. That topped the $197 raised by Mr. DelFranco, marketing director for CHEER Inc.

“The senator has his constituency,” chuckled Mr. DelFranco. “He knows how to work his constituents!”

Georgetown Mayor Bill West placed third with $161 in tips followed by Mary Ann Leager of M&T Bank and State Rep. Ruth Briggs-King.

In addition to tips, JD Shuckers pledged to donate 10-percent of bar-area food purchased during the three-hour event to the chamber.

“I think it was very-well attended. The atmosphere was light. It was all in fun,” said Greater Georgetown Chamber of Commerce president Angela Emerson.

On behalf of the chamber, Mr. DelFranco gave a special shout out to Jamie Davis, owner of JD Shuckers. “His support was tremendous. He was right back there with us, helping us out,” said Mr. DelFranco.

Special kudos also went to regular JD Shuckers bartenders – Mara, Rielly and Bill – who assisted behind the bar and to the many patrons that came out to support the Greater Georgetown Chamber of Commerce.

“I feel really good about the fact that not only did we raise money for chamber and raise that awareness for the chamber but we also helped out one of our chamber members: JD Shuckers,” said Mr. DelFranco. “What is beautiful is really there was no outlay of money; no overhead … a matter of five volunteers coming out and doing it and having support from the community to come out and enjoy the evening while they are supporting the chamber of commerce and Georgetown business.”

Trophies for the top bartenders were donated by Chardon Jewelers in Georgetown.

Speculation is there will be an encore battle.

“We’re looking forward to doing this again. We’re not sure when, probably sometime in late spring,” said Mr. DelFranco.

“We might do this again,” said Ms. Emerson. “It seemed the members had a really good time. That is what it was for, basically a networking event for people to have a good time.”

News Editor Glenn Rolfe can be reached at grolfe@newszap.com

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