Hosted at the B-Side Lounge and Venable Bistro in Carrboro, 15 percent of all dinner sales, as well as tips, during the event went to the crisis center. For the Orange County Rape Crisis Center, the event was more than just a fundraiser.
“Financially is the obvious way,” said Jaclyn Gilstrap, secretary of the board of directors for the center. “But it’s also just awareness of what our services are.”
She also said she liked that the event allowed the community to see the mayors support the rape crisis center.
For the event, both mayors were given specific drinks to mix together, labeled speciality drinks. Carrboro Mayor Lavelle worked on mixing a drink called “The First Lady” while Chapel Hill Mayor Kleinschmidt was tasked with whipping up a drink known as the “Mayor’s Gavel.”
Lavelle said she had never bartended before, but both mayors were given a brief training the day prior to the event.
Kleinschmidt said the people at B-Side Lounge came up with the speciality drinks for the night. Both said it got easier as the night went on.