Tickets still available for HAVLife’s Martini Shake Off

The deadline is Tuesday, Feb. 15, to purchase advance tickets for the 2022 Martini Shake Off to benefit the HAVLife Foundation and help support its mission of “preventing lost potential.”

Advance tickets purchased at will be available for pick up at the Will-Call Table at the Martini Shake Off, which will be from 5:30-9 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 17, at the RiverCenter in downtown Davenport. Tickets also will be available at the door on the day of the shake off.

A $65 ticket allows the bearer access to the wares of mixologists from local establishments. “You will spend an evening sipping on our area’s best martini samples while supporting a great cause,” the organization promises on its website. “The 2022 Martini Shake Off also will feature delicious appetizers, incredible silent auction items and music by The Brat Pack.”

According to the agency’s website, participating establishments include: 7G Distributing, Azteca, Bally’s Quad Cities Casino & Hotel, Barrel House, Bix Bistro & Lounge, City Loafer’s, Duck City Bistro, Embers of the Phoenix, Front Street Brewery, Granite City Food & Brewery, Mac’s Tavern, Old Chicago, Pub 225, RAW, Rhythm City Casino Resort, Steventon’s, The J Bar, The Office and Thunder Bay Grille.

The event’s “Presenting Sponsor” is IMEG Corp. 

“Just like every project we take on for our clients, we believe it’s important to leave a space better than how we found it – and that goes for the communities where we live and work, too,” said Paul VanDuyne, IMEG’s president and CEO. “We are incredibly thrilled to partner with HAVlife Foundation in presenting this year’s 2022 Martini Shake Off.”

“Signature Martini Sponsors” include KLJB-TV FOX 18, KWQC-TV 6, Pearl Vodka, Performance Foodservice, RiverCenter, TAG, Townsquare Media, WHBF-TV and WQAD-8. “Essential Shaker Sponsors” include Ascentra Credit Union, Bally’s Quad Cities Casino & Hotel, Bright DeSigns, Courtesy Car City, Denise & Dave Parochetti, The Green Thumbers, Kimberly Car City, MidAmerican Energy, Rexroat Sound RS Companies, R.I.A. Federal Credit Union and Salzman International.

“Vital Glass Sponsors” include 7G Distributing, Green Chevrolet, Kirby Water Conditioning.

lota Spirits Distributing, Maytag Dairy Farms and White Wedding Photography. “Crucial Garnish Sponsors” are Cal & Jill Werner, Carpetland USA, Heartland Estates & Auctions, Liberty Bell LLC, Mike & Kathleen Vondran, TAG Holdings, Inc. and The Hungry Hobo.

Started in memory of Hunter Aaron Vondran, HAVlife was established to shed light on lost potential in youth ages 10 to 15, the agency says.

“The focus of HAVlife Foundation,” said Mike Vondran, its founder, “is to positively impact at-risk youth between 10 to 15 – a time in life when important paths are chosen and a child’s future is defined. Through our wonderful partnerships with local schools, teachers, coaches and youth organizations, we have been able to identify and serve thousands of young people who need a little guidance and support to reach their full potential.”

In the past 14 years, the foundation has granted $1.2 million to impact the lives of youth in areas of athletics, music and the arts. 

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