Cocktails Curing Cancer offers drinks for a cause

It’s a bubbly night to battle a deadly disease. The annual Cocktails Curing Cancer party will be held Thursday, Sept. 28, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Big Fish Grill in Ocean View.

“We want the evening to be around remembering, honoring and celebrating … and bringing people together who have all been touched by this horrible disease of cancer,” said organizer Lisa Condon.

Her goal is to raise $10,000 that night for Beebe Healthcare’s Tunnell Cancer Center.

As the event’s title suggests, half the fun is in the cocktails. Guests can purchase any drink, but $1 from each signature cocktail will be donated to Tunnell.

The signature cocktail is different every year — sometimes based on vodka, whiskey or bourbon — but always a unique way, to show off the bartender’s or mixologist’s skills. Plus, it’s adventurous for the guests.

“It just gives somebody a chance to do something new and do something good. They can feel good about the dollar going back,” Condon said.

Regular tickets cost $45, but the $75 VIP tickets grant early access at 5 p.m., with special appetizers, one free drink, one entry into both of the event’s prize raffles and a surprise VIP gift bag with “some pretty nice goodies.”

The night includes heavy appetizers, live music by The Stims, a photo area and special message/memory board. Live auction prizes include a private dinner by chef Jay Allen from The Elegant Plate.

So that guests can better enjoy the party, Condon limited the auction items this year. Instead, a limited number of tickets will be sold for two big raffle prizes: “The Shore Experience” hotel and restaurant package and “The Brew Tour” of the local liquor lords.

People may purchase raffle tickets beforehand online.

The high-end cocktail party can be the perfect date night or girls’ night out, Condon said.

“When they come in, they’ve got the opportunity to socialize, they’ve got the appetizers,” Condon said. “We have a station that has ribbons that represent a whole variety of cancers.”

Cocktails Curing Cancer began in Vermont in 2008 as a non-profit whose mission is to help fight against cancer “one cocktail at a time.” When Condon moved to Delaware several years ago, she was moved by the Tunnell mission to find a cure, as well as to provide hope for patients, families and caregivers.

Having lost her own mother to lung cancer in 2007 and her father to mesothelioma in 2013, Condon has said she’s passionate about the cause. Although the event is, at first glance, a cocktail party, it’s also a time of support for people who have been impacted by all types of cancer.

She offered her thanks to the major sponsors, Heather’s Homeworks and Steen’s Beach Service, for their support.

“What that says to me is … they see value in what we’re doing and how we partner. One of the goals that I’ve always had is, not only being able to donate everything we make … it’s helping our friends and neighbors and families,” Condon said.

She has more dreams of partnering with local businesses.

“Ultimately, I would love to do some partnerships, where some of the drinks we do feature ingredients from the partners,” such as local herbs, produce or even gourmet balsamic vinegar (as she did in Vermont).

Big Fish Grill is located at 30415 Cedar Neck Road, Ocean View.

Tickets are available online at Tickets will also be sold the door, if available.