It's time once again to open your mouths and wallets for good causes, local and global.
On Sept. 27, four Triangle bars will host Drinks for Darfur to benefit refugees from the genocide in the Darfur region of Sudan. Cover charges and/or a portion of drink sales at each venue that night will be donated to the Interfaith Coalition for Sudanese Peace, a Triangle-based aid organization that will then distribute it to Doctors Without Borders and Tentsforhope.org.
An estimated 400,000 men, women and children have died during the genocide, and more than 2.5 million are displaced from their homes, according to savedarfur.org.
Tir Na Nog (218 S. Blount St., Raleigh, 833-7795, www.tirnanogirishpub.com) will charge a $10 cover, serve canapés and show the movie The Devil Came on Horseback. Mel Melton and the Wicked Mojos will perform at Papa Mojo's Roadhouse (5410-Y Hwy. 55, Durham, 361-2222, www.papamojosroadhouse.com). Oscar Begat, Gambling the Muse, and The Pneurotics will perform at The Cave (452 1/2 W. Franklin St., Chapel Hill, 968-9308, www.caverntavern.com) for a $10 cover. The Hibernian (1144 Kildaire Farm Road, Cary, 467-9000, www.hibernianpub.com) will also host an event.
Many area establishments, from coffee shops such as Caribou Coffee to fancy restaurants like Anotherthyme Restaurant & Bar (109 N. Gregson St., Durham, 682-5225, www.anotherthyme.com) are participating in Share Our Strength's Great American Dine Out through Sept. 28. The nationwide event aims to "rally the nation's entire restaurant industry and encourage millions of consumers to dine out to end childhood hunger in America."
"One in every six children in America suffers from uncertain access to the healthy, nutritious foods they need to avoid the lifelong and devastating consequences of hunger," said organizer Billy Shore. For information and a list of restaurants, visit www.greatamericandineout.org.
Triangle Uncorked, which benefits the Frankie Lemmon Foundation (www.frankielemmonschool.org/foundation.asp) and the Rotary Club of North Raleigh (www.northraleighrotary.org), runs from 2-6 p.m. Sept. 27, at the Koka Booth Ampitheatre in Cary's Regency Park. More than 500 wines will be available for tasting. Tickets are $25 in advance, and $35 on the day of the event, and can be purchased online at triangleuncorked.com. A ticket gets you a "seat" on the lawn (feel free to bring a blanket), wine samples, a souvenir tasting glass, access to food and merchandise vendors, live music, and discounted prices on the sampled wines. The event also offers VIP tickets with higher-end wines, table seating, complimentary hors d'oeuvres, and VIP parking. VIP tickets cost $75 in advance, or $85 on the day of the event.
Spice Street (University Mall, 201 S. Estes Drive, Chapel Hill, 928-8200, www.ghgrestaurants.com/spice/spicestreet.html) will host a benefit for the Durham Symphony (www.durhamsymphony.org) featuring live music, wine, and globally influenced food, from 5 to 8 p.m. on Sept. 28. Cost is $50 per person; tickets are available online.
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