ELKO — Several bars in town are teaming up to show the community they’re willing to help.
At 8 p.m. tonight, Goldie’s bar, The G, Tiki Hut and Silver Dollar Club are raising awareness for breast cancer.
“Not only are the bars going out to help the community, but we’re also working together ... we all help each other out,” said The G manager Mike Carioti.
And the bars are hoping for community participation.
Tonight, every person wearing an obvious article of pink clothing will get a chance to support the cause. For every drink he or she purchases, the bar will donate $1 to Live Rude Girls local mammogram assistance. Identification is required, and all participants must be 21 years or older.
“It’s based on community involvement,” said Goldie’s Bar manager Brandi Sandstrom.
Goldie’s and Tiki Hut will be participating in the event from 8 a.m. today to 7:59 a.m. Sunday.
The other bars will run 8 a.m. to midnight, at which time Live Rude Girls will be stationed at the corner of Fifth and River streets. Event T-shirts and other items will be available for sale. The first 50 participants get a free swag bag.
“Breast cancer affects everyone of all social and financial levels,” said Jeni-Lei Powell of Live Rude Girls.
This month, the nonprofit has raised more than $5,000 for local mammogram assistance through several events. By Nov. 5, it hopes to have raised $10,000, Powell said. Seven events have been scheduled in all.
Carioti came up with the idea for the “Pinktober” event, but recruited Sandstrom to help organize. Live Rude Girls seemed like a good fit for a fundraiser.
“They’re a local organization, and local’s better,” Sandstrom said.
Tiki Hut owner Mike Nye said he hopes to raise awareness with the event, and also show the community that bars are willing to do things for the community.
“We jumped on it,” Nye said. “Everyone thinks that bars are nothing but trouble. That’s not the case. People can be trouble, but the bars aren’t the trouble.”
And the community involvement isn’t stopping with Pinktober. On Nov. 16, those four bars are joined by Flying Fish, Stray Dog, Stockmen’s Casino and the Commercial Casino for a “Pre-Holiday Pub Crawl” to raise money for the Elko Motorcycle Jamboree.
The sign-in fee is $25 per person and will be taken starting at 6:30 p.m. at The G.
“We’ve got eight different stops and are hoping for at least 200 people to show up,” Sandstrom said.
The Flying Fish closes at 9 p.m. but other bars will be open later. The band “One More Time” will be playing at Goldie’s starting at 9 p.m. Each participant will receive a cup for the event.
“It’s more of a get-together and have some fun before the holiday stress hits,” Sandstrom said.
Information for these events will be available at any of the participating locations.