There are many ways to do good, and one of our favourite ways to gather people around a cause is through cocktail parties, evenings of discussion, and more: check out SIP+do good, INSPIRE+do good, and most recently, AIME+do good!
knowledge, cocktails & cake to prevent suicide @cafe pista
In June 2018, the suicides of Anthony Bourdain and Kate Spade reminded us that suffering is universal, no matter who you are. AIME + do good was our way of doing something good about bad news: a cocktail & cake soirée to connect us with one another and to learn how to care for friends who are struggling. We welcomed experts from Revivre and AMI Québec, who shared their wisdom and the profits from the event. They empowered us by explaining how to help yourself, or a friend who might be struggling.
Thank you to Patisserie Rhubarbe for the incredible strawberry shortcake, to CIRKA distilleries, RISE kombucha and LOOP juices for the amazing and somehow healthy cocktails. Thank you to Café Pista for opening your doors to us, to artists Cath Laporte, PONY Mtl and Paperole for donating artworks which were auctioned off to do good for people struggling with their mental health. And to Véronique Grenier for her poetry which graced our walls.
Thank you to Gustavo Federico and Isabelle Paille for the images, below!
We raised a total of $993.77, which will be split between Revivre and AMI Québec, to support Montrealers who need it.
DRINKS & DISCUSSION WITH WOMEN WHO DARE @WeWork L'Avenue
A tribute to the female activists behind International Women's Day. In order to recognize their achievements, we decided to combine cocktails and inspiration, with the help of:
- Marika Anthony-Shaw: founder of Plus1, an organization that she founded while a member of Arcade Fire. They work with bands like The National and Macklemore to do good.
- Beatrice Deer: singer for the Beatrice Deer band, and an Inuit woman who has survived and overcome almost every statistic applied to indigenous communities here in Canada: suicide, addiction, depression. She lives in and links both the Inuit community and the non-indigenous community.
- Jane Rabinowicz: executive director at USC Canada and founder and executive director of the Bauta Family Initiative on Canadian Seed Security. She works with farmers around the world to ensure that the seeds they plant remain diverse, before we all end up eating nothing but wheat and potatoes.
SIP + DO GOOD for haitian hurricane victims @ 'ti agrikol
for vétérimed & haitian health foundation
A cocktail party to support Haitians hit by hurricane Matthew. We raised $2047.97 to offer short and long term solutions to those afflicted: half the funds went to Haitian Health Foundation which provided medical care in the hardest hit region of Haiti, and the other half to Vétérimed Haiti, to replace lost farm animals, which are essential to food security and financial independence.
dance + do good against mental illness @ rialto theatre
After losing two friends to suicide, we threw a dance party with three of Montreal's most beloved DJs, The Goods Soundsystem and Sweet Daddy Luv, to raise money for Revivre, a non-profit organization that offers workshops and support to people struggling with bipolar disorder, depression or anxiety disorders. The $2,237.43 we raised paid for the training of new staff, and as a result they were able to assist 54 additional people in need of urgent help.