Austin’s annual day of online giving is returning at the beginning of March — but in the meantime, local spirits brand Tito’s Handmade Vodka is starting the philanthropy early with cocktails for a cause.
Tito’s has partnered with the nonprofit I Live Here, I Give Here to help raise additional dollars for the organization’s biggest fundraising event, Amplify Austin, which takes place March 2-3 this year. And Tito’s needs your help to give big bucks.
Through Feb. 28, participating bars and restaurants in the area will be offering cocktails made with Tito’s Handmade Vodka. One dollar from each of these drinks will be donated to Amplify Austin, and the big-hearted Tito’s brand then plans to match that donated amount up to $10,000. Ultimately, that means Tito’s boozy initiative will give up to $20,000.
These funds will go toward Amplify Austin’s Stretch Fund, which “is spread evenly on a pro-rated level to all 700+ participating nonprofits. The more funds that these nonprofits raise on their own, the larger the portion of the stretch fund they receive,” according to a PR representative with I Live Here, I Give Here.
The organization launched Amplify Austin to increase philanthropic efforts in Central Texas. Anyone can give by going to amplifyatx.org from 6 p.m. March 2 to 6 p.m. March 3, finding their chosen nonprofit and donating through an online form on the site. This year, I Live Here, I Give Here is hoping to raise more than $9 million for more than 700 nonprofits in seven Central Texas counties, including Travis, Hays, Williamson and Burnet.
Tito’s Handmade Vodka has supported Amplify Austin in the past — though not nearly so extensively — and has also given money to flood relief efforts and other causes, such as Emancipet.
Here’s the list of participating bars and restaurants where you can enjoy a Tito’s drink. (Note: This list isn’t comprehensive.)
- FoxHole Culinary Tavern
- Grove Wine Bar & Kitchen (at downtown location only)
- Lustre Pearl East
- Moontower Saloon
- Reale’s Italian Café
- Red Shed Tavern
- Spider House Café & Ballroom
- Tap 24
- Third Base (at all 3 Austin locations)
- Waterloo Icehouse (at 360/Capital of Texas Highway location only)
- Zelicks Icehouse (in San Marcos)