The Big Tip-Off Pays Off

The Advertising Club of Buffalo hosted our first-ever “celebrity” (and we use that term loosely) bartending event on Thursday, September 15 at Encore restaurant to raise money for our student Scholarship Fund.

Aptly named The Big Tip-Off, the event shattered both fundraising and attendance goals. Over 100 guests brought in enough money to cover all of the scholarships for the upcoming school year, including some to spare for additional contributions.

The event featured a fool-proof concept: encourage advertising heavyweights to compete for bragging rights and a sweet trophy, offer an open bar, and set out tip jars. In the end, SKM Group’s President, Sue Meany, beat out her all-male competition by garnering the most tips.

Her competition, and all-around good sports, included:
Doug Bean, COO, Eric Mower and Associates
Rob Neiler, Partner/Director of In-Store Creative Strategy, Eric Mower and Associates
Brian Grunert, Owner, White Bicycle
Tod Martin, President/Creative Director, The Martin Group
Jeff Pappalardo, SVP/Creative Director, Crowley Webb
Jose Rodriguez, Owner/President, JRVisuals
Bob Travers, Principal, Travers Collins & Company
Ben Wagner, Play-by-Play Announcer/Account Executive, Buffalo Bisons

Collectively, they raised more than $3,400 in tips for the Ad Club Scholarship Fund. A special thanks is owed to our celebrity bartenders – as well as the generous Ad Club members and guests who helped raise money that will go directly to support the future of advertising.

And, “cheers” to Encore for letting us take over their patio bar!

To view more photos from the event please visit Jose Rodriquez Photos.