Cocktails for a cause

What’s better than sipping on delightful cocktails during the holidays? Sipping on those cocktails and knowing that your intoxication and the sacrifice of your liver is supporting a good cause. On Saturday, Dec. 21, Imperial Life, the bar and lounge upstairs from Table, will host a benefit for Toys for Tots sponsored by the liquor company Remy-Cointreau.

Bring an unwrapped gift to Imperial Life between 6 and 9 p.m. and your featured punch or sparkling cocktail will be paid for by Remy-Cointreau. “When folks bring a toy, they’ll not only get two free drinks, but their name will go in a hat for a $25 gift certificate or bar tab,” said Cynthia Turner, Imperial Life bartender and local cocktail maven. “With each toy [you get] more chances to win.”

This is not the first time Remy-Cointreau and Turner have teamed up for the community. Turner says, “Larken [Eggleston] is a brand representative for Remy-Cointreau and a dear friend of mine. We’ve been a team for over a year now where he has supported events such as Painkillers for a Pancreas for Jason Crosby. It’s a cohesive and smart pair! We launch and promote his latest products while simultaneously bringing awareness to issues that matter to our community.”

Toys for Tots, an organization developed and run by the U.S. Marine Corps, has been in operation since 1995, collecting and distributing toys for less-fortunate children across the country. Throughout its history, the organization has distributed more than 469 million toys to more than 216 million needy children.

“Growing up, my family always donated [to Toys for Tots] and we were hardly fortunate ourselves,” said Turner. “It’s an amazing feeling thinking of all the extra smiles we’re bringing on Christmas Day by supporting this organization. Every angel deserves to wake Christmas morning and discover Santa hasn’t forgotten.”

The benefit will be held 6-8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21 at Imperial Life, 48 College St. Be sure all toy donations are unwrapped.

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