The sports and entertainment bar which serves up a “menu of small plates and big baskets” and hosts a variety activities such Texas Hold’Em Poker on Monday nights, Drag Bingo Tuesdays, Smart Ass! Trivia on Wednesdays and Ping Pong Madness every fourth Tuesday, has supported over 100 different non-profits since the day they opened five years ago.
Doug originally heard about the dog rescue organization through his friend, Darren, a Director at City Dogs Rescue. “I thought that City Dogs Rescue was perfect as Nellie's ‘Pet’ Project.”
Nellie’s has supported the group since the beginning by having adoption events on site and sponsoring them in the Capital Pride Parade and at the retail booth. In addition to being a sponsor, Nellie's has hosted fundraising events and made extra donations.
In regards to Pride Doug said, “It was essential to highlight them at both events that are so well attended. It's the right thing to do and part of Nellie's and City Dogs being partners.”
“We have had many events at Nellie's and the staff have always gone out of their way to help us. Doug has also been open to new and creative ideas as to how best to partner with us - - from allowing us to have events during Drag Bingo, SmartAss Trivia! and Saturday Brunch, and also serving a "Greyhound" drink in our honor (where we received a portion of the drink sales). I think it is safe to say that not too many dog rescues have had dog adoption events at Drag Bingo. Nellie's helps to keep us fun and interesting, and we really value their support and enthusiasm.”
At least two adoptions have occurred because the person found out about the organization through Nellie's email blast, roof deck banner or monthly events. We know that happy alumni Tilghman (formerly Alex) and Stubbs were adopted with the help of Nellie's!
The neighborhood bar also puts out Nellie Water Bowls daily at both the U Street and 9th Street doors.
As for his own furry friends, Doug has a cat named Cupcake that was saved from an animal hospital in Delaware. “No City Dog yet, but they are working on me.”
The future looks bright for the partnership between Nellie’s and City Dogs Rescue if Doug has anything to say about it.
“I’m looking forward to 100 adoptions by the end of 2012!”
Want to find out more about Nellie’s? Visit them online, call 202-332-NELL (6355), or go in person to Nellie’s Sports Bar, located at 900 U Street, NW Washington, DC 20001.
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