Greater Hope Foundation’s Hope For The Hop Pub Crawl On St. Patrick’s Day

By Nikki Garrett Metzger

Managing Editor

(Barstow)– Here’s your chance to have a hopping good time on St. Patrick’s Day AND help support a great cause!  The Greater Hope Foundation is hosting their second annual Hop for the Hope Pub Crawl on Saturday, March 17th.

“The Pub Crawl is something that we started last year,” said Kim Hammack
Director with the Greater Hope Foundation. “It was a fun event to bring people together in March to raise money for child abuse prevention month, which is in April.”

The Pub Crawl kick off is at 5:00pm at Molly’s Pub, an Irish Pub in Barstow, and then goes on to 3 other locations, including DiNapoli’s, Idle Spurs, and Hooz on First.

“For the first time we’ve chartered a bus to take us around. Last year it was a walking route because we were lucky enough to get 4 restaurants that were all in walking distance. But this year we wanted to branch out, so we’re going to be mobile this year,” Hammack said.

Sober rides will be offered for the first hour after the event ends at midnight to make it safe for everyone, Hammack said.

“Its just a fun time and its really casual. We have beads that we give out and we have little inflatable leprechauns that we take pictures with. We play silly games, have a dance contest, even a three-legged race. Its just a night for everybody to let loose and have fun.”

Tickets are $25 each.  You’ll receive a wrist band that gives you a spot on the bus and drink specials at each of the bars. “It also enters you into an opportunity drawing for an iPad 2 that we’re giving away,” said Hammack.

“We have a sponsor this year called ‘Forgiven’ which is an alcohol metabolizer, so we’re going to give that out to people at the end of the night. You’re supposed to take it and it guarantees  you no hang over the next day,” Hammack said.

The Greater Hope Foundation is on Facebook and Twitter. For tickets or more information visit the website

The Greater Hope Foundation is a non-profit foster family agency. When children are removed from their birth parents the foundation places them in foster homes. They also recruit and train foster parents. They serve all of San Bernardino county. The main office is in Barstow and they have another sub-office in Victorville.

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