A number of local hospitality professionals assembled for community service on Sept. 13 as part of Campari and Imbibe magazine’s Negroni Week. Co-hosted by Campari, in partnership with the USBG National Charity Foundation, the fourth annual Campari National Day of Service initiative encourages bartenders, trade and distributor partners to give back to their communities. Two groups volunteered throughout the day for charitable missions: one at Hartford’s Gather55 in collaboration with the nonprofit Hands on Hartford led by Jerome Daigneault of The Hartford Club, where volunteers prepped and served food to patrons at the pay-what-you-can café, and the second at Mystic’s Coogan Farm, where teams picked and packed herbs led by Victoria Tenzyk in cooperation with the Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center, a nonprofit environmental education center in Mystic. The food harvested during the day benefited several food banks in New London County. The volunteer event initiatives were led by Campari America State Manager Gary Dritschler and National Portfolio Brand Ambassador Anne Louis Marquis in coordination with a variety of teams from local accounts across the state. Venues raised funds for a host of charitable causes of each participating venue’s choice.
Photos provided by Jerome Daigneault and Victoria Tenzyk.