R3 Marathon raises $6K for non-profits in half a day
Arriving at Guerneville’s R3 resort at Noon on Christmas Day, Santa Claus decided it was such bastion of cheer and good will, he would send his elves to travel round the globe and himself, hang around until midnight!
He even did a stint as a Celebrity Bartender as part of a fund-raising marathon
created to raise money for five local non-profits.
Joining San Francisco Forty Niner Hall-of-Famer (class of 1990), Bob St. Clair and his wife Marsha, and “Mama” (Sandy Reinhardt) of Mama’s nationally celebrated Leather Family were 22 additional bartenders, with shift changes announced by a ringing bell every half-hour. The lucky recipients were River to Coast Childcare Services, the Russian River Senior Center, Food for Thought, Face to Face and the Russian River Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence Condom Fund.
With Country Dan Hartman running his Karaoke operation from 4 p.m. on into the next day, everyone got their last chance to grab a mike and serenade the supportive yet mellow crowd with Christmas tunes, many of which were not “G” rated and being performed live for the first time, anywhere.
By 1:30 p.m., with three guest bartender shifts completed, $305.50 in tips had rolled in and Leslie Sachrison, the R3’s front office manager at the R3 since 1996 was thrilled with the early enthusiasm and looking at what was promising to be an “awesome day.”
Meanwhile, at Guerneville’s Vets Memorial Hall, the Russian River Sisters who received donations of more than 40 turkeys and a pen-full of hams, contributed all the side dishes and dinnerware, decorated, set up tables and illuminated a lovely Christmas tree surrounded by a mountain of gifts designated for the children in the crowd. Mama of “Mama’s Leather Family”, had the pleasure of handing out the gifts.
The organization Mama heads, conducts an annual toy drive for Sunburst Projects, which provides support services to families affected by HIV/AIDS and Camp Sunburst, which is the nation’s first therapeutically designed summer
camp for children and families.
Dinner was served from noon to 4 p.m. and bubbly and cheerful despite the wet weather, hundreds of appreciative people showed up and had dinner plates loaded to overflowing by an energetic cadre of volunteers.
As of 7 p.m., Sachrison, at the R3. stated, “The bar and Marathon are getting busy again!! As of 7 p.m. we have raised $4722.60!! Five hours to go!!”
As town folk, their bellies full, drifted over to the R3 after dinner, the Karaoke became more spirited and the bar action once again picked up.
As the 8:30 p.m. shift began the total grew to $5093.64 and Sachrison brightly announced, “This is being a truly awesome day!!”
As of this morning, owner of the R3, Ray Allen, reported that the total amount raised was $6,534. 19, all donated in tips given to the celebrity bartenders during the 12-hour marathon, which means in half-a-day, the little hamlet of Guerneville in the true spirit of the Holidays, ponied up more than $1,300 for each of five local non-profits. Something most towns might boast about, but more and more, this is becoming Guerneville’s signature way of life.
all photos: S.D. Gross