Announcing Make America Game Again: A Charity Event Benefiting the ACLU, National Public Radio, and the Southern Poverty Law Center
It’s not a stretch to say that, for many, this is a scary, difficult time in our nation’s history. People are hurting, and the current administration has empowered homophobes, sexists, racists, and bigots of all stripes to come out of the woodwork and spew hate. We realize we’re an arcade bar, and we don’t really want to get political, but compassion isn’t political. Believing that people shouldn’t live in fear isn’t a partisan opinion. So in that spirit, Replay Lincoln Park will be hosting Make America Game Again on July 7th. It’s going to be a charity event that benefits charities both local and nationwide — the ACLU’s Illinois branch, National Public Radio’s Chicago branch, and the Southern Poverty Law Center.
Make America Game Again: A Replay Lincoln Park Charity Event
As you can probably tell by that 80’s-ified image above, this event will take place on July 7th, the Friday after July 4th — just enough time for you to get over your hangovers. You can purchase tickets either on Facebook or directly on the Eventbrite page, and the charity event will run from 7 until 10 pm. Tickets are 7 bucks, and proceeds from ticket sales will benefit WBEZ, the Southern Poverty Law Center, and ACLU Illinois. Oh, and be sure to bring quarters! 6 of our games will be on paid play for this evening, and each will be marked with a different charity. At the end of the night, we’ll empty those machines, haul all the quarters to the bank in a wheelbarrow or something to exchange them for dollar bills, and donate all of the proceeds from those machines to the charity they were marked with.
Your ticket price actually goes to two good causes — the first is supporting charities that are doing work every day to protect human rights. The second is getting you nice and toasted. We’ve put together three specialty craft drinks that are exclusively available for the charity event, and your ticket purchase comes with one of these drinks on the house. The only hard part is choosing which to drink first.
Mexican Liberty Punch
The Mexican Liberty Punch is a smoky-sweet mezcal drink, containing ginger beer, orange liqueur, and a blend of pineapple, orange, and lime juice. We finish it with a garnish of grilled orange wedge to bring out the smokiness of the mezcal.
The Putini Punch combines a house-made strawberry-mint infused vodka with fresh lime juice and simple syrup for a light, refreshing, and herbal flavor. It’s a drink perfect either for the hot Chicago summer or the cold nuclear winter,
We, like you, have no idea what “covfefe” is supposed to mean, so we improvised. The Covfefe Punch is our take on the classic negroni. Our version blends campari, Bulleit bourbon, freshly squeezed orange juice, and a splash of soda to mellow the drink out a little bit for the summer.
Get To Know The Charities
Of course, the most important aspects of this event are the charities we hope to benefit. It is a charity event, after all. So if you’re not aware of the great work the ACLU, WBEZ, and SPLC do, we’ve put together a little cheat sheet for you.
The Illinois branch of the American Civil Liberties Union is the state’s principal protector of constitutional rights, and has been since its founding in 1929. Primarily, the ACLU focuses on advocacy and litigation programs, primarily in the areas of racial justice, gay, lesbian, transgendered, or genderfluid rights, and reproductive justice. They have also, since the events of 9/11, been instrumental in curbing racial profiling and unlawful and unconstitutional detention of individuals. You can learn more about all the great work that they do here.
With deep cuts to public arts and education looming, it’s important now more than ever before to support publicly funded news outlets. WBEZ is arguably Chicago’s most trusted news outlet — with a mission to “inform, inspire, enrich, and entertain” through a diverse array of content. You can learn more about WBEZ and Chicago Public Media here.
The Southern Poverty Law Center
The Southern Poverty Law Center is a group that takes an active role in advocating for the most vulnerable members of society. From helping to document and keep tabs on hate groups nationwide to workshops and magazines designed to teach children to be tolerant at a very young age, the SPLC has been instrumental in both protecting the rights of — and building a better future for — individuals in this country that need the most help. Learn more about them here.
We hope to see you on Friday, July 7th!