Georgetown chamber fundraiser brewing with Battle of Bartenders at JD Shuckers

GEORGETOWN – Fun in fundraising will be brewing Thursday, Sept. 14 at JD Shuckers in Georgetown.

The Celebrity Battle of the Bartenders is on tap that evening from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. in support of the Greater Georgetown Chamber of Commerce.

Behind the bar will be Georgetown Mayor Bill West, State Sen. Brian Pettyjohn, State Rep. Ruth Briggs King and Georgetown Chamber treasurer Anthony DelFranco, who is the director of marketing for CHEER Inc.

Mary Ann Leager from M&T Bank is expected to make it a celebrity bar-tending quintet.

For some, this will mark their first time on the serving side of the bar.

“I don’t have any bar-tending skills. I am going to have to rely on somebody to teach me how to do this,” said Mayor West, adding “a Coors Light in the bottle will be fine with me.”

“I am not a bartender by trade,” said Rep. Briggs King. “But you know, I aim to please so I’ll try and make a pleasing and appealing drink, with a little twist.”

Bar-tending is in Mr. DelFranco’s resume. He has a specialty drink.

‘I used to love to make ‘Old Fashioneds,’” said Mr. DelFranco. “I felt like a real mixologist.”

Regular bartenders will be on hand. “So, if anybody gets stuck on a particular type of drink, they’ll be there to back us up,” said Mr. DelFranco.

Tips given to celebrity bartenders will go to the Georgetown chamber. In addition, JD Shuckers will donate 10 percent of all food purchases in the bar area during the three-hour fundraising event, Mr. DelFranco said.

“It’s for a good cause,” said Rep. Briggs. “I think people like the opportunity just to come out and mix and have fun. That’s what it is all about.”

“It should be a pretty fun evening,” said Mr. DelFranco.

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