Anne Marie Paolucci in 2003, provides cancer patients with kits of products to help manage chemotherapy’s side effects.
New York, New York: Chemo Comfort, an all volunteer run organization founded by two-time breast cancer survivor Ms. Paolucci’s mission comes from personal experience: “Starting chemotherapy is a frightening experience. We are saying to patients ‘Here is a box of tools put together by someone who’s been there. Know that you are not alone and
these tools will help you take care of yourself during this difficult journey.’ ” In July 2014, Ms. Paolucci was a NY New Yorker of the Week.
Chemo Comfort is holding their fifth annual Cocktails for Comfort fundraising campaign October 13–22, 2017. Sixteen establishments across New York City and Westchester will be participating by creating signature cocktails for their
patrons with proceeds donated to Chemo Comfort to support their programs.
Throughout the Cocktails for Comfort event period, Chemo Comfort will host a Selfie Bar Crawl contest. Take a selfie at participating venues holding the “Cocktail for Comfort” and something to identify the bar, and then post the photo on Instagram or Twitter with the hashtags #C4CSelfie2017 & #Cocktails4Comfort. The winner, chosen at random, will win a 100 Amazon gift card. Detailed contest information and Bar Crawl maps can be found on Chemo Comfort’s website.
From Participants: Alexis, Art Bar’s manager, has had personal experience with the organization: “The Chemo Comfort
kit provided me with essential and very useful items and information while I was undergoing chemotherapy. The kit was
thoughtfully put together and provided much-needed comfort during a difficult and scary time. I am thrilled that Art Bar
is able support this wonderful cause ”
Steve Mazzuca, GM and the Bathtub Gin family state: “We are privileged to fight side by side with you. As a team we are
too positive, too optimistic, and too determined to ever be defeated. Together we fight through the bad days to earn
the best days ”
Added third time participant Stand Up NY’s Brittany DiMarco: “We are happy to continue participating in this great
program. We believe with comfort, whether that be through Chemo Comfort or laughter at our comedy club, that
individuals and their families are able to live each day a little better”.
About Chemo Comfort – Chemo Comfort is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life
of cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy. The organization distributes kits filled with products to help manage
nausea, mouth sores and hair loss, among other side effects of chemotherapy. There are also “feel good” items such as a
sleep cap, warm socks, meditation CD, book, journal and helpful hints from the founder about combatting side effects of
chemo. Approximately 75% of kits distributed annually are donated, primarily to patients in need within the greater
New York area, through partner organizations such as CancerCare and the Phyllis Newman Women’s Health Initiative at
the Actors’ und. Chemo Comfort is a seven time grantee of Susan G. Komen® Greater NYC, and has received
foundation support from the Kite Key and Landegger foundations. In feedback forms, 100% of kit recipients state they
would recommend a Chemo Comfort kit to someone undergoing chemotherapy.
Many venues have a virgin version of the event cocktail. Participants are donating 20% 50% of cocktail price, depending on venue. Participants subject to change, so please check the website for up to date locations and bar crawl information chemocomfort.org
Art Bar 52 Eighth Ave; 212 727 0244; artbar.com
Bathtub Gin 132 9th Ave; 646 559 1671; bathubginnyc.com
Cowgirl 519 Hudson St (@10th St); 212 633 1133; cowgirlnyc.com
Cowgirl SeaHorse 259 Front St; 212 608 7873; cowgirlseahorse.com
Employees Only 510 Hudson St; 212 242 3021; employeesonlynyc.com
Feinstein’s/54 Below 254 W 54th St, Cellar, NYC; 646 476 3551; 54Below.com/feinsteins
The Rum House 228 W 47th St; 646 490 6924; therumhousenyc.com
Stand Up NY 236 W 78th St; 212 595 0850; (25% off tickets online with promo code “comfort”) standupny.com
Tio Pepe; 168 W 4th St; 212 242 6480; tiopepenyc.com
Up&Down; 244 W 14th St; 212 242 4411; uadnyc.com
Ward lll; 111 Reade St; 212 240 9194; ward3.com
Huckleberry Bar 588 Grand St, Brooklyn NY; 718 218 8555; huckleberrybar.com
King Tai 1095 Bergen St, Brooklyn NY; 718 513 1025; kingtaibar.com
L P ‘n Harmony; 683 Grand St, Brooklyn NY
The Astor Room 35 11 35th Ave, Astoria, NY; 718 255 1947; astorroom.com
Vintage 1891 Kitchen, 2098 Boston Post Road, Larchmont NY; 914 834 9463; vintage1891kitchen.com