CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) – The Barman's Fund has hit Charlotte. WBTV's sports reporter, Sammi Jo Francis, is the chair of the Charlotte Chapter that got underway in July.
The Barman's Fund is a group of bartenders, and the occasional server, that each choose one shift a month to donate 100 percent of their tips. At the end of the month they pool the tips and purchase tangible items for the 501c3 charity they've chosen.
The idea started in New York with founder, Brian Floyd, and officially kicked off in April 2011. Holly Williams carried the idea from the big apple to New Orleans which is where Sammi Jo first learned about the group of do-gooders, while visiting family.
July's startup of the Charlotte Chapter included four bartenders and one server from three different bars. Together, the group raised just under $3,000. The charity of the month was Bright Blessings, located in Matthews. Bright Blessings focuses on providing gifts for homeless teens and children in transient homes going through a sad time in their life.
BMF members took their hard-earned tips and bought over $1600 worth of items on the wish lists from the charity. The rest of the money was donated, via DonorsChoose.org, to schools in the area that need assistance with paying for classroom items.