3 min readBy Published On: June 28th, 2011Categories: Blog0 Comments on Drinking for a cause by Heather Foley

Sunday morning I woke up with a headache. 

The said headache was made worse when friends reminded me the night before I told our pedicab driver he had a nice bum and calves and I asked him what the rooster says in his native language (for some reason I tried to block this out.) Per usual, my big boozey mouth led to a case of drinker’s remorse.  Why can’t I be one of those drunks who gets quiet?  Why do I find vodka so delicious?  Did I play the leg guitar last night?  These are the questions I tend to ask myself after a night out.  If you’re anything like me, every once and a while you’re boozing might make you feel a little guilty.  Well guess what?  I’ve found a solution, drinking for a cause!
You can’t feel guilty about your drinking (or as guilty anyway) if its for a good cause, right?  And the good people of South Boston understand this better than most, we’ll even have an open bar at a recovery program fundraiser.  There are really fun fundraisers coming up, so get your checkbook ready and tell that nagging Jimminy Cricket conscience of yours to take a chill pill.
First up is Local 149’s fundraiser for the Paraclete Foundation’s summer program which includes a week aboard the the historic Roseway Schooner.  Tonight, $20 gets you drinks and appetizers from 5pm to 7pm, not to mention a heapin helpin of good karma.  For those of you who aren’t familiar with the Paraclete, their mission is to “enrich the lives of young people and their communities through education,” sounds good, right?  And I don’t know about you, but I can totally eat and drink $20 in 2 hours, no problem.
Get your western wear ready for Wednesday night because the South Boston Community Health Center is having their annual hoedown.  Round up your posse and head over to the McCormack Bathhouse Pavilion at 7pm.  $100 get you admission for 2, BBQ fare, live blue grass music, open bar beer and wine (yay), entry into a raffle for $10,000 and a chance to wear your string tie.  Anyone who knows me knows I loooove to dress up, and I love a good theme, so I’ve had my outfit picked out for weeks, and as a bonus I can wear it again at Halloween for a Toddlers in Tiara’s costume, win/win.
Booze cruises and philanthropy, these are a few of my favorite things!  On Thursday July 21st the South Boston Boys and Girls Club is having their 11th annual booze cruise.  Boarding starts at 6:30pm, the boats shoves off at 7pm and docks at 10pm, making it a 3 hour tour, a 3 hour tour (for the record, I know I’m better than that joke but I just couldn’t help it).  As a plain old booze cruise on its own isn’t enough to peak your interest, we’ve got 3 decks of entertainment, a DJ,  karaoke, and the sounds of Sinatra!  Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 and the boats and make sure your bring your id because they’re going to be carding at dock.
So I’ve given you 3 guilt free nights out, and not just guilt free, but you’ll probably even feel pretty darn good about yourself because you’ve help make your community a better place.  But take my advice, if you want to sweet talk your foreign petty cab driver, make sure your friends are out of ear shot first.