TGI Friday’s kicks off their annual Flare Competition that could land the best bartender $10,000 and the title of Friday’s Bartender of the World award. Not only is the competition about winning, it is also about giving to a local cause. The movie, “Cocktail” has nothing on this worldwide competition.
Last week, the Beavercreek location was one of 950 TGI Friday’s locations to kick off the competition. With a full house and energy at an all time high, spectators cheered on six talented bartenders, Kristy Wilson, Chrissy Moore, Alli Bubemyre, Jasmine Lanning, Scott Christian and Chris Owsiany, performed and shared their talent. From slinging liquor to the beat of the music and mixing drinks to perfection, these are six bartenders that are a must see and take notice.
Scott Christian will move onto the regional level for the fourth year. “The best part of my job is the people I am so fortunate to work with. We are like a family. Chris and I have been bartending together over 9 years,” said Christian.
After each performance, the drinks that were made were auctioned off for charity. The charity of choice this year was The Blue Star Mothers of America Miami Valley Chapter #3. Mary Finnegan, chaplain, and Penny Moody, second Vice President were in attendance and extremely excited by the spectators generosity.
“The event Wednesday brought in $1660 for our chapter to support the troops and veterans of our area. This means that we can replenish many things that we are short on that the troops are currently requesting, such as body wash, drink mixes for their water, foot powder, deodorant, Vienna sausages, tuna kits or chicken salad kits, etc.,” said Finnegan.
The Blue Stare Mothers of American Miami Valley Chapter #3 is a large chapter doing a large amount of work for the troops and the veterans. “We are very blessed to have as much interest and help from the Miami Valley as we have. We are so thankful for every penny we get to help our troops and our veterans. They have done so much for our country this is the least we can do for them,” said Finnegan.
The competition continues in over 950 TGI Friday’s locations within 60 countries. After winners have been picked from each location, the winners will move to the regionals. The winners from the regionals will move to one of the 10 divisional competitions; 6 in US and 4 international. Those winners will move to compete for the world title.
“Last year, I represented the East Franchise Division in the world finals. Last year’s event was hosted by Bar Rescue’s, Jon Taffer, with a special appearance by Red Bull Record’s Awalnation. The event was held at House of Blues in Dallas with close to 1,000 spectators,” said Christian.
Witness the excitement of this event by visiting the Huber Heights TGI Friday’s on August 14, 2013 at 7 p.m. or the Centerville location on August 18, 2013 at 7 p.m. and cheer on your favorite bartender and donate money to The Blue Stare Mothers of American Miami Valley Chapter #3 and get some delicious drinks.