GSN Alert: Third Annual Just One Shift – March 16th-22nd, 2015

JustOneShift-Bill-Inserts-orange-red-page-001gaz regan, the bartender previously known as Gary Regan, announces the third annual Just One Shift, which raises funds to fight the water crisis via Wine To Water, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded by Doc Hendley, an ex-bartender and CNN Hero.

Currently, 800 million people lack access to clean water, and 2.5 billion people lack access to sanitation. Water-related disease kills a child every 21 seconds. Wine To Water is a movement dedicated to providing clean water and sanitation to those in need around the world.

World Water Day is on Sunday, March 22nd, so the 2015 program will kick off on Monday, March 16th and run through that day. During this week, bartenders and servers worldwide are asked to donate all or part of their tips from just one shift.

New this year, the top two donors will have the opportunity to attend an all-expenses-paid Wine to Water service trip to the Dominican Republic on dates of their choosing. These individuals will gain a unique cultural experience while providing clean water to those who need it.

A similar trip will run from August 22-29, 2015, open exclusively to bartenders and servers who participated in Just One Shift 2015. Full information is here.

In a past year, $41,872.67 was raised, which provided clean water to 40,000 people for an entire year. Just One Shift bartenders and servers donated an average of $244.87 each to achieve that figure. Texas Roadhouse was a particularly proud supporter and in 2014 raised more than $19,000 in two weeks at their North Carolina restaurants. “We encourage every restaurant in the country to participate,” urges Kirsten Sands, Regional Marketing Director for Texas Roadhouse. “Our guests and staffs were more than supportive of this initiative, and our North Carolina locations have raised the bar and committed to raise $30,000 more in 2015 starting in the month of March.”

To sign up, please visit Just One Shift; the site maintains a list of participating bars and restaurants sorted by state, as well as a calendar of shifts. At the end of the given shift, the bartender or server makes his or her donation via the honor system, online.

gaz, who has a network of more than 20,000 social media followers, says, “Bartenders and servers have been changing the world via the Just One Shift/Wine to Water campaign for the past few years; they have helped save the lives of thousands of people they’ll never meet. I know for sure that these bartenders and servers will continue to change the world, and hopefully they will encourage their friends in the industry to join them.”

GSN Alert: gaz regan’s “Just One Shift”

image002Bartenders Worldwide Unite from May 12th-18th to Raise Money for Wine to Water

New York / April, 2014:  gaz regan, the bartender previously known as Gary Regan, is pleased to announce the return of Just One Shift, which plans to raise $100,000 for charity in a one-week time period by inviting bartenders worldwide to donate all or part of their tips from just one shift.

The 2014 program will take place Monday, May 12 through Sunday, May 18; the first shift kicks off at 7 p.m. on May 12th at The Dead Rabbit in NYC’s Financial District where gaz will be a special guest bartender.  All earnings are given to Wine to Water, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded by Doc Hendley, ex-bartender and CNN Hero from North Carolina.

In 2013, its inaugural year, 327 bartenders in 34 countries participated, raising $40,000. The charity reports this amount can save 40,000 people from death due to water-borne illness for a full year.  Specifically in Uganda, $40,000 can provide 10,000 people with clean water for 10 years.

The first step to joining forces with some of the country’s finest individuals is for bartenders to sign up on the Just One Shift site which will maintain a running list of participating bars sorted by state, as well as a calendar of shifts.  At the end of the given shift, the bartender will personally make the donation online.  If unable to attend any of the listed shifts, anyone may make a donation online.

gaz, who has a network of over 20,000 social media followers, says, “Bartenders can change the world and last year’s success has proved it. If we meet this year’s goal I will shave my head.”

For more information, please visit http://www.justoneshift.com and http://www.facebook.com/gaz-regan; @gazregan will also tweet; refer to the hashtag #justoneshift.

GSN Alert: gaz regan Debuts “Just One Shift”

justoneshiftNew York / January, 2013:  gaz regan, the bartender previously known as Gary Regan, is pleased to announce Just One Shift (www.justoneshift.com), a plan to raise a quarter million dollars for charity in a one-week time period by inviting bartenders worldwide to donate all or part of their tips from just one shift.  The beneficiary will be Wine to Water (www.winetowater.org), a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded by a bartender, that focuses on providing clean water to needy people worldwide.

The 2013 program is scheduled for Monday, April 8 through Sunday, April 14.  Any company may purchase logo placement on JustOneShift.com; 100% of those proceeds will go to the charity.  Consumers can support the program by attending the noted shifts and tipping generously.  Or, anyone may make an on-line donation.  gaz’s social media following is over 20,000 members, and the aim is to engage 2,500 bartenders, with each being able to raise $100, in order to reach the $250,000 mark.

As explained by gaz, “This idea was borne of one of my favorite quotes from the Dalai Lama, which in fact had been my email signature line for years:  ‘The capacity to devote yourself to the welfare of others yields otherwise unobtainable … potential for good,’ which is exactly how I would like to use my network.  For years I’ve been telling everyone who’ll listen that bartenders can change the world and together with Doc Hendley, the ex-bartender who founded Wine to Water, we’re about to prove it.”

The first step is for bartenders to sign up at http://www.justoneshift.com, which will maintain a running list of participating bars sorted by city, as well as a calendar of shifts.  At the end of the given shift, the bartender will personally make the donation on-line, via www.winetowater.org/justoneshift.

For more information, please visit www.justoneshift.com and www.facebook.com/gaz-regan; @gazregan will also Tweet.  For Tweeters, please hashtag #justoneshift.