2015-05-29 / Community

BK Sweeney's to introduce “Barb's Beer” to GC and support a cure for lung cancer


Michael Sweeney and Matt Draffen, co-owners of BK Sweeney's Uptown Grill, flank Tom Murphy as they showcase Barb's Beer coasters and announces a fundraising event at Uptown Grill June 4 to introduce Barb's Beer to Garden City. Michael Sweeney and Matt Draffen, co-owners of BK Sweeney's Uptown Grill, flank Tom Murphy as they showcase Barb's Beer coasters and announces a fundraising event at Uptown Grill June 4 to introduce Barb's Beer to Garden City. Barbara Murphy, part of the Murphy/Rice clan in Garden City, was a top marathon runner who got lung cancer out of the blue in 2007. She fought it valiantly for six years before passing way in December, 2003. In testament to Barb's tireless efforts to promote lung cancer awareness, her husband, Tom, with family and friends, created "Barb's Beer" to raise funds for a cure.

In support of the project Mike Sweeney and Matt Draffen, owners of BK Sweeney's Uptown Grill, will host a fundraiser at Uptown Grill, 636 Franklin Ave, to introduce Barb's Beer and the campaign to Garden City from 7pm to 9pm on Thursday, June 4.

Donations are $50 at the door. Participants will receive a designer Barb's Beer hat created by Charles Dooher, who designs merchandise for the Rolling Stones, light food and Barb's Beer, a light-bodied American pale ale.

The need to find a cure is great. For every $17 spent (rightfully so) to cure breast cancer, lung cancer research receives only $2. Much of this is subconscious as people believe lung cancer victims brought the disease on themselves by smoking. But as was the case with Barb, an elite marathon runner who never smoked, 30,000 Americans who never smoked will die from lung cancer this year, mostly women.

The Barb's Beer Foundation, which Tom created to oversee the project, enlists restaurants to put Barb's Beer on their taps. Proceeds from the sale of Barb's Beer go to GRACE (cancerGRACE.org,) a charity created by Dr. Howard West, Barb's oncologist at Swedish Hospital in Seattle and one of the country's leading experts working on a cure.

Following the kick off June 4, Uptown Grill will serve Barb's Beer throughout the Belmont weekend as part of the beer's "introduction" to Garden City. Then the Barb's Beer Foundation will use the summer to line up restaurants and taverns to agree to put Barb's Beer on their taps as part of a large-scale grand opening event planned for the fall in New York.

Already Phil Falk, co-owner of Leo's Midway said, "We're in," when the campaign gears up for expansion in the fall. The hope is other restaurants and taverns will agree to put Barb's Beer on their taps as well in the fall- so the Barb's Beer campaign can help find a cure.

The Barb's Beer Foundation is a nonprofit 501c3, all donations are tax deductible. For more information and to get involved, contact Tom Murphy through the Barb's Beer website at barbsbeer.org.

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