Inaugural bar crawl to give back to Open to All businesses campaign
HUNTINGTON — The first Open to All Bar Crawl will barrel through a few local businesses who have pledged to participate in the mayor’s Open to All Campaign Friday, Nov. 16.
Ally Layman, who serves on the Mayor’s LGBT Advisory Committee, said the bar crawl was organized to make an effort to give thanks to a handful of businesses who participate in the Open to All campaign.
“It’s very important to thank our allies for being with us,” Layman said.
The crawl will begin at The Peddler at 6 p.m. and will move on as a group to Summit Beer Station, The Cellar Door, Hank’s, Jockey Club, St. Mark’s and will end at Evolve.
The group will spend approximately 30 to 45 minutes at each location before moving on to the next. The bar crawl is a 21 and up event. Layman said those who are interested should remember to bring their ID.
Layman said the bar crawl is the first of hopefully many more events to give back to the businesses that participate in the Open to All campaign. She said she is planning another similar event in the spring.
A portion of the t-shirt sales for the event went to the Huntington Pride fund.
The LGBT and Diversity Advisory Committees also host “cash mobs” at participating Open to All businesses to give a boost in sales to those participating in the campaign. The next cash mob will be at the Hal Greer Tudor’s on Nov. 15.
The Open to All campaign was implemented by Mayor Steve Williams in an effort to promote an inclusive environment in Huntington, particularly for its LGBT citizens.
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