To help bartenders and their families pay for
educational expenses, a non-profit organization called the
Bartenders' Foundation, Inc. has been founded by Ray Foley, the
Publisher of BARTENDER Magazine.
Ray Foley, a former bartender and family man
himself, says he hopes to raise over $1,000,000 a year to help
bartenders and their families pay for educational expenses and
encourage high schoolers to go to college.
The first-of-its-kind Foundation raises
scholarship money by soliciting major distillers, beer and spirits
wholesalers, taverns, bartenders and bar patrons.
"This is all about taking care of our
own," says Foley, "There are nearly 300,000 bartenders in
the U.S. who spend their careers taking care of people, but who's
taking care of them? The Bartenders' Foundation hopes to
recognize and help these hard-working professionals.
Ray Foley who has delighted and informed
bartenders across the U.S., and now worldwide, with his witty and
popular Bartender Magazine and cocktail books, believes its
all part of giving back to the profession that has given him so
The scholarship will be awarded on a competitive
basis, based on grades and scores, goal statement, and work and
The Foundation is currently raising money with the
goal of awarding one scholarship in each of the 50 states in a few