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Port Bar Oakland “Karaoke For A Cause” Bay Area Youth Rugby Fundraiser

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SING YOUR WAY TO CASH FOR NONPROFITS: “Karaoke for a Cause” donated over $5,000 to grassroots fundraisers. Now comes the Bay Area Youth Rugby Fundraiser, this Saturday.

Oakland, CA (press release) – The Port Bar Oakland (located at 2023 Broadway) raised over $5,000 in 2018 for non-profits & individuals raising money for non-profits through its Karaoke for a Cause benefit events. The Port Bar is looking for more non-profits to support through this fun & creative community building artistic endeavor in 2019 with dates available in March 2019.

“The Port Bar sees itself as Oakland’s LGBT Community Center but with alcohol,” said co-owner Richard Fuentes “We were really pleased raise so much money through the program and are optimistic we can raise even more in 2019.” Richard Fuentes & his partner, Sean Sullivan, opened The Port Bar, located next to Oakland’s Paramount Theatre, in July 2016 to provide a 7 day a week space for the LGBT community in downtown Oakland.

Fuentes & Sullivan, who were involved in non-profit fundraising for many years, designed the event as an opportunity to gather people together while having fun but also rally as much funds as possible. The event raises funds through The Port Bar’s donation of proceeds from all beer & well wine purchases at the bar from 6-9 pm. “Non-profits are also encouraged to bring their own methods of fundraising to the event as well such as raffles, auctions or asking for a donation per song” Said Sullivan.

“Many non-profits struggle to raise private funds. Often they are encouraged to raise funds through events but those events themselves become costly,” added Sullivan, a former president of the Association of Fundraising Professionals-Golden Gate Chapter, “We take that cost out for them.”

The 2019 Karaoke for a Cause program will kick off this Saturday, January 26th from 6- 9pm with a fundraiser for Bay Area Youth Rugby. Everyone 21 years of age & older are welcome to attend. A 2nd Karaoke for a Cause benefitting Bay Area Youth Rugby will take place Saturday, February 9th also from 6-9 p.m.

Non-profits interested in taking part in the Karaoke for a Cause program should contact Sullivan via [email protected] or through The Port Bar’s social media. See: http://www.portbaroakland.com

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