Sam Penix, sponsor/host Joe, beer savior Union Beer, baristas all over the NYC metropolitan area, and all the donor sponsors who made last night's Rosettas for Relief such a triumph.
People crushed into Joe to watch some of New York's best and brightest baristas go head-to-head for Haiti, and nobody was disappointed. Competing latte artists solicited sponsorships, and people stuffed all kinds of dollars into another donation jar at the door.
Raffle prizes were announced, rosettas were poured, beers were drunk (and occasionally spilled) and, frankly, a good time was had and a good deed was done by all. But above and beyond, the New York coffee community managed to raise more than $2,000 to benefit a brand-new foundation, REBATI, that is dedicated to getting mental-health professionals on the ground in Haiti.
To read more about REBATI's mission and leadership, please visit rebati.org.
Thanks to everyone everywhere: Participants, raffle-prize donors, organizers, mouthpieces, people with open wallets and anyone who offered a word of support. You really outdid yourselves this time.