Other Options food pantry presents Bar Wars 2019

From Bar Wars 2018, Lisa, Bartender from Alibis Club. Photo provided.

Annual fundraising event supports non-profit food pantry for Oklahomans living with HIV and AIDS.

Other Options will host its annual cocktail competition and tasting event Bar Wars on Thursday, October 24, 2019 from 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. at the Farmers Public Market.

This year’s theme is Drinks of Broadway: A Musical Mixology Soiree. Guests will have the opportunity to sample cocktails prepared by Bartenders from eighteen of Oklahoma City’s favorite bars and restaurants while being entertained by Oklahoma City singer and actress - Renee Anderson, music by DJ Ostara and a variety of performances by the Coyote Ugly girls, International Burlesque star Adele Wolf and the Oklahoma Victory Dolls Roller Derby.

The bartenders will be competing for cash prizes and bragging rights for the best drink creation based on a Broadway show as chosen by a panel of judges plus guest voting. All proceeds benefit Other Options.

Other Options recently celebrated its 30th anniversary and was formed out of a need to assist people living with HIV to be connected to care. Today, Other Options provides food, resources, services and education to at-risk individuals and Oklahomans living with HIV and AIDS.

Programs include a food pantry that serves over 2,000 households living below the poverty level and affected by HIV/AIDS. This includes a humanitarian medication program providing donated medication to more than 30 countries in need, a homebound meal delivery program for over 100 individuals unable to shop at the food pantry and the annual Cookies Thanksgiving program that provides a home cooked traditional holiday meal to over 1,000 individuals each year.

“It takes a small army of dedicated volunteers to run Other Options,” said Cher Golding, President of Other Options Board of Directors. “We only have one paid employee and a team of volunteers who oversee the food pantry and our other programs. I started volunteering in the pantry last year and quickly learned how important the weekly grocery shopping and meals are to our most vulnerable population.”

Some of the Broadway shows inspiring the competitors are Wicked, Hamilton, Chicago, Sweeney Todd, Addams Family, School of Rock, the Lion King and more! Guests will enjoy a small tasting sample of all eighteen cocktails and will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite and help select the People’s Choice Award. The event also has a VIP beer and wine bar plus a cash bar for general admission guests. The event also boasts snacks from our participating sponsors a silent auction, and a photo booth.

Tickets are on sale at www.eventbrite.com  (key word: Bar Wars 2019) or by calling (405) 605-8020. VIP tickets are $150. General admission tickets are $50 in advance and $75 at the door. Designated driver tickets are $25. For more information about Bar Wars or Other Options, visit www.otheroptionsokc.org or contact Cher Golding, President at 405-615-7741 or chergolding@sbcglobal.net.

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