Red lipstick? Check. Knee-length hems and men in sailor hats? Check. Fabulous women’s organization dedicated to drinking the cocktails generally ignored in this modern age of Cape Codders and Heineken? Super check! We were lucky enough to be invited to a USO-themed event put on by Boston’s branch of Ladies United for the Preservation of Endangered Cocktails, a classic cocktail society dedicated to “breeding, raising, and releasing nearly extinct drinks into the wild.” We’re pleased to say the event was officially a hit. Swing dancers took over the floor while women donning glamorous 1940’s upswept hairdos cruised the floor. A brilliant drink list included St. Germain’s cocktails and traditional daiquiris (not the frozen, mango flavored beach variety). Those teeny drinks surely packed a punch, because we were feeling quite the buzz when the big band music was blaring from the speakers.
But best of all, the event was a benefit for the New England Shelter for Homeless Veterans, which recently upgraded to become a full-blown center which supports the brave men and women who have served our country and subsequently dealt with issues such as severe trauma, mental illness, addiction, and unemployment. It’s sad to think that these brave people are faced with such issues, but the realities of war and its aftermath are truly frightening. But before we start reciting the lyrics to “Born in the USA” on you readers, just remember that’s why it’s so important to support organizations such as NESHV. And what’s a better way to do so than with a USO-themed fundraiser? Everyone from Bob-Hope style comedians to dazzling burlesque dancers graced the stage, and the crowd was really feeling the spirit of the evening. LUPEC was a great host, and their creativity and dedication really got the crowd into the swing of things. Pun Intended.
Ladies United for the Preservation of Endangered Cocktails [Official Site]
New England Shelter for Homeless Veterans [Official Site]
[Photo: Megan Johnson]