The U.G.L.Y Bartender of the Year competition has wrapped up for another year, with 1,400 bartenders raising more than $1.7 million for people affected by leukaemia.
The programme aims to assist regional families who need to relocate to capital cities for urgent blood cancer treatment by raising money to cover their accommodation expenses.
On average, families use the Leukaemia Foundation’s homes for four months. Without access to such accommodation, many would experience significant financial stress.
Every $80 raised by the U.G.L.Y Bartender programme provides a family with one night of accommodation. This year, the efforts of bartenders Australia wide will provide more than 21,000 nights of accommodation over the coming year for such families.
To raise funds for the cause, bartenders were challenged to show their U.G.L.Y side by creating unique and interactive fundraisers for their local communities.
The NSW awards were hosted on Tuesday 28th of November at the Crows Nest Hotel, in Sydney.
Congratulations to Melinda Hancock of Lake Conjola Bowling Club for taking out the top spot, after raising a massive $20,282.75. Like all state winners, Melinda took home a Flight Centre gift card and $7,500 worth of products and services from principal sponsor Hoshizaki Lancer for her bar.
Special mentions also go to Daniel Olson from Royal Hotel Dungog, who rose $12,305, Tony Dart from Lemon Grove Hotel, for raising $11,041, and Kayce Parker from Royal Tavern, Coolamon for bringing in $10,000.40. All received Flight Centre gift vouchers for their efforts.
U.G.L.Y Bartenders are now gearing up for their biggest year yet in 2018, with the competition celebrating a Decade of U.G.L.Y!
To take part, head on over to their website and register.