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Friday 6 Mar 2009

A Note from Scarlet’s Genral Manager

Eternal Gratitude:
This morning I received an email from Dusty Hoffman, General Manager of Scarlet. He asked that I pass it along to you:

There is no way I could possibly express how grateful I am to our GLBT community as a whole, and how proud I am to call myself a member of it. I am assured, through your actions during this crisis, there is nothing we could not accomplish as a unified group of confident proud and educated Homosexuals!

I will never forget the first 25 years of my life and all I lived and accomplished, but from last Friday on I will always remember how the North Halsted community came out to remind my sister, Barbie and I, that no matter how damaged our house; we will always have a home.

Sadly, many members of the Scarlet Family depended on her as a large part if not all of their income. You can see many of them scattered about Halstead and I encourage you to support your Scarlet bartenders wherever they may be.

There will be many fundraisers in the upcoming weeks. Keep an eye out! Please feel free to email me directly at
dusty@scarletbarchicago.com, or check out scarlet’s Facebook page. ChicagoPride.com has been a great support to us all and will have these events posted!

The next fundraiser will be this Friday March 6 at Cell Block. From 9pm-2am and they will be donating 25% of the ring to relief efforts for all of our employees!

And for those of you have not seen the beautiful new Wild Pug they and Bill Pritchard will be holding a fundraiser next Tuesday March 10 from 7pm-9pm. The Wild Pug will be donating half the ring that night as well. I hope these fundraisers can also serve as a way to bring everyone who misses Scarlet together.

Scarlet was as much a home to many of you as it was to our staff. To our Extended Family of Patron’s I say one thing- SCARLET will return!

Conversations have already began about how we can ensure none of you have to go with out a place to view up and coming artists with Bret; explore the lighter side of S& M with Amy Armstrong; Oggle Hot Toddy; play a game of Beer Pong With Jennings; or do a shot of Jameson with Jared and Tom on a Saturday Night while bopin’ along with Psycho Bitch.

You are all as much a part of Scarlet as the stained glass behind the bar, so take care of each other and we look forward to the day when Scarlet’s doors open again even better than before!

My Eternal Gratitude
Dusty


Dusty is truly one brave guy! I’m so touched with how he has responded to this turn of events. I am also encouraged to see the outpouring care and hope coming from the LGBT community! Keep it up gang! This is what life’s all about!

Be sure to include the March 23rd charity performance at Roscoe’s on your calendar! If you aren’t able to attend any of these, but would like to donate/help, please email me!

Have a GREAT weekend!
~Bill Pritchard
 
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Tuesday 3 Mar 2009

The Difference of Community!

Bravo Cocktail:

Last night many in the community came out to Cocktail in support of the victims of the Scarlet building fire

The Fundraiser hosted by Cocktail raised $2000 in needed funds for those that have been displaced.

I have never been more proud of our community than I was last night. Scarlet owner, Paul came to show his support as well. Scarlet’s staff greeted people with hugs and thanks. Clearly, these are grateful people!

In addition to cash contributions, many donated clothes, and toiletries! (See Picture) The back of Cocktail looked like a department store!

More to Come:

I am delighted to report that there are two other events planed to raise funds for the victims of the Scarlet building fire. March 6 at Cell Block; March 10 at The Wild Pug and March 23 at Roscoe’s. Stay tuned for how you can give. If you can’t attend any of these, but would like to donate/help, please email me!

Get Out & Vote:

For those of you in the 5th Congressional District; please take a moment to go to the polls today and vote your choice in the primary election.

12 Democrats, 6 Republicans and 5 Green Party candidates are running to fill Rahm Emanuel's congressional seat that he left to become White House chief of staff. Now more than ever, we need to vote our choices!

A proud citizen!
Bill Pritchard

Monday 2 Mar 2009

A New Hope!

Help for the Victims:
The victims of the Scarlet building fire will be receiving help from the community tonight as Cocktail will hold a Fundraiser from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. with half the sales going to the victims of that wretched blaze.

All are being encouraged to donate clothes, toiletries, and dollars to this very worthy cause! If you can’t attend, but would like to donate/help, please email me!

I know that times are tough for everyone, but perhaps we can all give up a latte or two for these folks.

See you tonight!
~Bill Pritchard
Friday 27 Feb 2009

A Sad Day in the Community!

Scarlet:
At 7:15 a.m. on this damn cold morning, the building that houses Scarlet was a blaze of fire. This was well heard all over Boystown as a fleet of fire trucks, aid units, and police cars made camp in the heart of Halsted’s 3300 block.

With some flames still active at 8:30 a.m.; I was able to see quite a bit of smoke, and a lot of water damage to the Halsted night spot. (See Photo Above)

Scarlet is on the first floor and there are residences on the 2nd and 3rd floors. Additionally, Chicago’s Equality Illinois offices are just next door. Reports from the Fire Media Affairs say there were no injuries as of 8:15 a.m.

This is a SAD day in the Boystown community! Not only is a loved structure destroyed, but a number of people are displaced and the livelihood of those people in jeopardy. Rest assured we in the LGBT community will take action to support them!

Sadly,
Bill Pritchard

11:00 a.m. UPDATE

Eyewitness and freelance writter, Barry Freiman obtained independent verification that according to two firefighters on the scene the fire was accidental and confined mainly to the two upper floors with Scarlet destroyed mainly by the water damage in extinguishing the fire. (See Photos)

12:01 p.m. UPDATE

Scarlet co-owner, Paul D. Cannella, thanked everyone for their messages and support via his facebook page. “Everyone got out of the building and is safe, so the rest can all be replaced.”, he said.

1:25 p.m. UPDATE

With an outpouring of support from friends around the world, Scarlet co-owner, Paul D. Cannella said, "The best way to help me is by helping the tenants upstairs and employees." He went on to say on his Facebook page, "They lost everything."

5:00 p.m. UPDATE

Determined to Make A Difference, Cocktail owner, Geno Zack and his staff have announced that they will hold the first Scarlet Fundraiser on Monday the 2nd from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. with half the sales going to the victims of that blaze. All are being encouraged to donate clothes, toiletries, and dollars to this very worthy cause!

February 28 UPDATE

Hydrate has announced this it is hosting a Fundraiser for the victims of the Scarlet fire on Sunday, March 1, 2009. The reception will be from 9 to 10:30pm with a suggested $10 donation. All proceeds from the evening will go directly to the individuals devastated by this horrible tragedy.
Thursday 26 Feb 2009

Frat House Thursday

Hello Hotties:

You might want to call in gay to work tomorrow, and join yours truly as ChicagoPride.com and Scarlet host all Frat guys and their fans!

Scarlet ramps up the frat factor with a night of 40-ounce beer specials, hot bartenders, cranked-up music and hottie high jinks! 

21+ with ID

Cheers!
Bill Pritchard

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