The Suits & Sazeracs event raised $7.5K for The Wardrobe at the annual spirited cocktail competition in Philadelphia.
This week, Philadelphia’s finest gathered for an evening of spirited competition and charitable giving at the third annual Suits & Sazeracs event. The event, presented by Henry A. Davidsen: Master Tailors & Image Consultants and Bluebird Distilling, raised an impressive $7.5K for local nonprofit The Wardrobe (formerly The Career Wardrobe).
Guests at the Burnham Ballroom at the Hotel Palomar enjoyed the excitement of the cocktail competition, with eight of Philadelphia’s top bartenders showcasing their skills and vying for cash prizes. Judges, including industry experts and special guest Natalie Migliarini of Beautiful Booze, selected one bartender to receive $1,000 for the superior Sazerac, while attendees voted for People’s Choice, with a $500 prize. And those looking to give even more could “buy” additional votes, with 100% of the proceeds going to The Wardrobe.
But the night wasn’t just about the cocktails. Guests also savored Southern-inspired fare from Square 1682’s Executive Chef Ronde Murphy, grooved to a live NOLA-style jazz band, and bid on items in a Silent Auction. And to add a bit of friendly competition to the mix, a Best Dressed Guest Award was judged by Columnist for The Philadelphia Inquirer Elizabeth Wellington and noted menswear and lifestyle influencer Sabir Peele.
But the real winners of the night were the individuals served by The Wardrobe. With 25 years of experience helping more than 90,000 people overcome barriers to employment and independence, The Wardrobe’s services are designed to support people in any life transition where the cost of clothing can be a barrier to positive change.
The event marked the start of Henry A. Davidsen’s 5th annual Suit Drive, in which donations of professional clothing will be accepted at drop-off points across the Greater Philadelphia Area until May 15. With the goal of raising over $10,000 and garnering over 10,000 gently used professional wear items for The Wardrobe, Philadelphians interested in donating can find more information on the Henry A. Davidsen website.
Suits & Sazeracs was a night of glitz, glamour, and giving, proving once again that when Philly’s top talent comes together for a good cause, the results are nothing short of spectacular.
Images: Hugh E. Dillion