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Area Bars Raise Money for Reproductive Health Care

The signature fund-raising cocktails for Sipping for Sisterhood included Simone Biles and Amelia Earhart. (Sportello Boston/Instagram)
The signature fund-raising cocktails for Sipping for Sisterhood included Simone Biles and Amelia Earhart. (Sportello Boston/Instagram)
July 11, 2019

BOSTON – Patrons of a few Boston area bars are making some decisions that are a lot more important than “Shaken or stirred?"

Local nightspots are raising money to help organizations like Planned Parenthood and The Yellowhammer Fund, in response to the restrictive abortion laws being passed in several states.

The Barbara Lynch Collective, owners of the bars Drink and No. 9 Park, is the latest to fund-raise.

Kate Gardiner, director of strategic communications for the Barbara Lynch Collective, says the hospitality company was inspired by another fundraiser at a Somerville wine bar, which ended in May.

"We felt strongly that support can't just start right at the beginning of a cause,” she states. “We need to keep up the momentum and keep up the support, both financially and continue talking about it. So, we wanted to do something that was inspired by that, but that would keep up the momentum."

Gardiner says the promotion, known as Sipping for Sisterhood raised more than $1,500, which will be donated to pro-choice organizations.

In addition to raising money and awareness for reproductive rights, Sipping for Sisterhood also highlights prominent women in the spirits trade, an industry dominated by men.

Beverage Director Ashley Guertin teamed up with women-owned spirit makers to create signature cocktails. She says while the money is important, part of the goal was to raise awareness – and customers have been receptive.

"Everyone seemed really excited to be able to participate in something and do their part, while also still having a great time," she states.

The bars owned by the Barbara Lynch Collective joined at least four other hospitality businesses in fund-raising for reproductive rights. Together, they've raised more than $26,000 this summer.

Jenn Stanley, Public News Service - MA