H.E.L.P.: Another great year at Bartenders’ Ball
The Bartenders’ Ball held at the Plaza Shops on Sherman Avenue on March 2 was again a successful event and raised more than $15,000 in funds for the local nonprofit H.E.L.P. Help Every Little Paw. The popular event boasted the best in the hospitality and service industry in the Inland Northwest. The pet food drive was a huge success, raising more than 1,250 pounds of food for local pets in need. This was an increase from last year’s number, despite the snow and freezing temperatures making it difficult to bring donations. The food bank was thankful to those who put in the extra effort!
Organizers Holly and Karen Hansen were delighted to announce the event was sponsored in full by Willamette Valley Bank and Beam Suntory insuring 100 percent of the funds raised goes to the mission statement of this nonprofit founded by the Hansen family.
The area’s finest bars and caterers competed with specialty drinks and appetizers for the coveted title of Champion for 2019. H.E.L.P. appreciates each and every participant and hopes everyone will support these businesses throughout the year. This year participants were 315 Martini & Tapas, Bardenay, Beverly’s, Capone’s Pub & Grill, Crickets, Greenbrier Inn, Juniors BBQ, Rusty’s Sports Bar, Seasons of Coeur d’Alene, Westwood Brewery, newcomers Momo’s, Messy’s Burger, Silver Corner Bar, and Honey and Pastry and More.
This year’s winners with a combination of votes from Judges Choice and People’s Choice 1st Place Bar: Seasons of Coeur d’Alene, Silver Corner Bar took second and Rusty’s Sports Bar took third place. The top award for caterer went to (rookie) Messy’s Burgers, Greenbrier took second place and Junior BBQ took third place.
Thank you to our generous supporters and volunteers: Beam Suntory, Willamette Valley Bank, The Coeur d’Alene Resort, Holly and Karen Hansen at Windermere Coeur d’Alene Realty, Jacque Sergeant and Jenna Ahearn of Pioneer Title, Ruby Frog Entertainment, Rod Reed/2 Reed Audio-Visual and Travis Bertram with Pulse Productions. Without them, the Bartenders’ Ball would not be nearly so awesome!
We encourage you to buy locally from these generous local businesses who donated Silent Auctions and Live Auction prizes; 315 Martinis & Tapas, Noses and Toes Pet Photography, A&L Law Firm, Cloud 9, Bargreens Ellingson Spokane, Bardenay, Beverly’s, Angie at Bling, Capone’s Pub & Grill, Carla McAfee Fine Art, Coeur d’Alene Pet Resort, The Coeur d’Alene Resort, Coeur d’Alene Summer Theatre, Costco, Crickets Bar & Grill, Custom Den, Doc Holly Pet Vet, Elizabeth Anderson, The FairBridge Inn, Frenches Cleaners, Fu-ki Japanese Steakhouse, Good Dog/Cottage Escape, Greenbrier Inn, Hagadone Marine Group, Highlands North Day Spa, Holiday Inn Express, Honey Eatery and Social Club, ICCU, Johna at J-Miller Salon, Jan Jesberger Insurance, Jitterz Espresso, Juniors BBQ, Kathleen Rogers, Kellogg Pet Medical, Kootenai Family Dental, Labrador Store, Luba Wold Photography, Mackenzie River Pizza, Mike White Ford, Margarita Man, Medicine Man, Messy’s, Burger, Momo’s, Micha Moon Zipline, Dale Miller, Outback Steakhouse, Prairie Animal Hospital, Pioneer Title, Reina at Extention Addiction, Rich Dussel, Runge Furniture, ROW Adventures, Russel at Old Republic Home Protection, Rusty’s Sports Bar, Seasons Bar & Grill, Schedler Mack Insurance, Silver Mountain Water Park, Silver Corner Bar, Silverwood Theme, Socially Geared, Spokane Indians, Spokane Valley Heritage Museum, Starbucks, Jack Forsythe at Stearns Lending, Super 1 Foods, Orgill, Charlene Matheson, Stephanie Byrd, Texas Roadhouse, Kroc Center, Timber Zipline, Toni Dupree Massage, Triple Play, Walmart and Westwood Brewing Co.
The event would not have been a success with the countless hours that our committee put in and each sub committee’s volunteers. A special thank you to Holly Hansen and Karen Hansen with Windermere Coeur d’Alene Realty, Travis Bertram from Pulse Productions, Rod Reed from Two Reeds Production, Jenna Ahern, Jennifer Jenkins Peggy Canas and Jacque Sergeant with Pioneer Title, Dean Opsal with Beam Suntory, Andy Byrd and Forrest McLuskie with Willamette Valley Bank, Leah Hansen, Tyler Ward, Andrew Anthony, Kylie McIlroy and Cory Bomar,
DJ Montoya, DJ Bry, DJ Seth and DJ Darrin from Ruby Frog Entertainment, Angie Sowers, Dawn Kelp with Coeur d’Alene Pet Resort, Amy Miles, Isaac Lloren, Tim Lane, Cassie Kennedy, Daisy Mills, Vincent Alongi, Philip Berry, Lynne and Wayne Hammond, Brandi Binfield, Scott Hankins, and Nate Breazile with Nate Breazile Home Inspections.
Help Every Little Paw is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the health and happiness of all pets. We achieve our goal to rescue those abandoned, stray or neglected, and to provide medical attention, spay and neuter programs, socialization rehabilitation and food to those in need through raising necessary funds.