Tuesday, August 03, 2010
Saratoga Beer Bourbon Scotch Invitational Brings Pints for Prostates to Spa City on Aug. 20
Saratoga Springs, N.Y. – Pints for Prostates, a campaign that reaches men through the universal language of beer with a critical health message, is one of the charities benefiting from the inaugural Saratoga Beer Bourbon Scotch Invitational taking place in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., from Aug. 20-21.
The event features the chance to sample a wide range of great culinary delights, including beers and whiskeys from around the world along with foods from a number of Saratoga Springs restaurants. It is being held at the Saratoga City Center and Saratoga Hilton. Pints for Prostates is the featured charity during the Friday of the event with sessions from 12:30-4:30 p.m. and 6:30-10:30 p.m.
There will be two sessions each day, affording people the opportunity to choose a time that is most convenient for them. The day session runs from 12:30-4:30 p.m., while the evening session runs from 6:30-10:30 p.m. VIP Pass holders will receive an additional 45 minutes at each session. Educational seminars will take place throughout each session.
Tickets for the Saratoga Beer Bourbon Scotch Invitational start at $65 and are available at www.saratogainvitational.com or by visiting www.pintsforprostates.org. The event is being sponsored by Alta Log Homes and Fauci & Kupferman Law.
A partial list of the beers that will be poured at the event are Innis & Gunn, Brooklyn, Ommegang, Arcadia, Fire Island, Spaten, Guinness, Smithwick’s, Harp, Geary’s, Keegan, Cooperstown, St. Peter’s, Butternuts, Sierra Nevada and Cave Mountain. Whiskeys will include Bulleit, Tuthilltown, Woodford Reserve,Whistlepig, Maker’s Mark, Knob Creek, Buffalo Trace, Mitcher’s, Berkshire Mountain, The Glenlivet, Laphroaig, Jefferson, Johnnie Walker, Chivas Regal, Glenmorangie and more. Other selected spirits, such as Gosling’s Rum and Pristine Vodka, will also be available.
During the event a silent auction will take place at the Saratoga Hilton High Rocks Room. All bids for items on Friday will benefit Pints for Prostates.
Pints for Prostates is a grassroots effort founded in 2008 by a prostate cancer survivor that reaches men through the universal language of beer with an important health message. According to the National Cancer Institute, approximately 218,000 new prostate cancer cases will be diagnosed in the U.S. this year, which is 25,000 more than the number of expected new cases of breast cancer. Sadly, more than 32,000 American men will die from the disease this year.
“Pints for Prostates is excited to bring our campaign to Saratoga Springs,” said Rick Lyke, a 49-year-old former resident of Clifton Park, N.Y., who had successful prostate cancer surgery in April 2008. “Every week 4,000 men in the U.S. hear the words ‘you have prostate cancer.’ The key for these guys is detecting the disease in its early stages when treatment is nearly 100 percent successful. Pints for Prostates mission is to encourage guys to get an annual physical and have a PSA blood test.”
Lyke lived in Saratoga County from 1996 to 2005 and was the senior partner in charge of the Eric Mower and Associates office in Albany. He was a member of the Boards of Directors of the United Way of Northeastern New York, Twin Rivers Council of the Boy Scouts of America and Albany Ad Club. His wife, Sandra, served on the Board of Directors of CAPTAIN Youth and Family Services
The Saratoga Beer Bourbon Scotch Invitational will feature great Music and Food. Live Music will be produced by The Woodstock Blues Festival Road Show and feature World Class Entertainment by Ernie Williams, Murali Coryell, Scott Holt, Eddie Turner, Gil Parris and George Kilby Jr., and more. Food will be served by The Olde Bryan Inn, Beverly’s, Spring Street Deli, D'Andrea's Rory Pizza, The Factory Eatery, The Parting Glass, Saratoga Hilton and Le Canard Enchaine. A Pig roast & Chicken barbecue, Shrimp & Clams by Mick’s Chix’s, Maine Black Bear Seafood will also be part of the festivities. A special cigar area will be available Outdoors. The event is being held during the height of the Saratoga thoroughbred racing season.
“The Saratoga Beer Bourbon Scotch Invitational is something entirely new and different providing attendees with an opportunity to learn about and experience various foods and spirits in a comfortable upscale setting. Draft Magazine, Beer Connoisseur Magazine, Bar Business Magazine, as well as area Chefs will be on hand to assist in educating consumers on the various food pairing options with beer and spirits available. This Event will become a new highlight of the social and entertainment scene in the city,” said Franky Mann, founder of the event. “We are showcasing great beverages, food and entertainment, giving people another reason to enjoy Saratoga Springs during August while helping to support some great charities.”
More information about the event is available at www.saratogainvitational.com.
About Pints for Prostates
Pints for Prostates, a campaign that uses the universal language of beer to encourage men to take charge of their health, was founded by prostate cancer survivor Rick Lyke in 2008. The grassroots effort raises awareness among men of the importance of regular health screenings and PSA testing by making appearances at beer festivals, social networking and pro bono advertising. More information is available at www.pintsforprostates.org. Pints for Prostates also has a presence on Facebook and Twitter (@pints4prostates).
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