This evening, Wallingford watering hole Al’s Tavern will be participating in a fundraising event for Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP), a nonprofit organization that provides high-quality legal representation and other services to immigrants. Al’s, along with about a dozen other restaurants and bars from Magnolia to Mt. Baker, will be donating a percentage of all sales for the night to NWIRP.
Night Out for NW Immigrant Rights Project was organized by Katie Phoenix, who was compelled to take action after a series of ICE (Immigration & Customs Enforcement) raids in South Seattle two weeks ago. Says Katie, “It really hit home for me as I work with a lot of restaurants and bars, and I thought it would make sense to organize a night across town to raise funds for NWIRP.”
Katie and her husband, Richard, are regular patrons at Al’s Tavern; Richard for over 20 years! And Al’s was one of the first venues to jump on board this project. “Al’s Tavern is, simply put, amazing. Bartenders Dean and Holley have been frequently posting about the event on their personal pages, event page, and Al’s Facebook.”
Last February Katie helped organize a coat drive, and she was equally impressed with Al’s then: “The generosity of Al’s Tavern’s patrons was unbelievable – everything from work boots to coats to feminine products!”