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Published on February 20th, 2014 | by Nicol Jenkins

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Fort Lauderdale Bus Loop boosts hospitality business

Hundreds of locals hopped on trolleys and looped from bar to bar to give back to some great charities and, in turn, boost the local hospitality industry.

The Fort Lauderdale “Game Day” Bus Loop, which was held on January 17th, drew a large crowd to the many stops where attendees received a complimentary drink and then hopped on a trolley or bus to the next location. The beach side venues included Bokamper’s, Soprano’s, Bamboo Beach Club & Tiki Bar, Tokyo Blue, Sandbar, McSorley’s, The Parrot, and Tropic Cay.

Katie Truesdell enjoys the Bus Loop for its great value and especially for the different route.

“I love the new beach route because you get to try some new bars, and it’s for a great cause,” said Truesdell.

The Charities that benefited from this bus loop were: Young Professionals For Covenant House, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Jack and Jill Children’s Center, Jessica June Children’s Cancer Foundation, Riverwalk Trust, and Broward County Gator Club Scholarship Fund.

“The Fort Lauderdale Bus Loop has been a huge success for the Jessica June Children’s Cancer Foundation since 2007. The funds raised and community exposure have contributed to our growth and our mission to provide emergency financial assistance for children fighting cancer in our community,” said Sandra Muvdi, President and Founder of the Jessica June Children’s Cancer Foundation.

Besides helping worthwhile causes, the Bus Loop is a unique way to meet new people.

“The Bus Loop is always such a fun time. When you can go out and not worry about driving, that’s great. And the people you meet along the way keep things entertaining!” said bus looper Aaron Sorenson.

John Haley, Chairman and Founder of Fort Lauderdale Bus Loop, started the event to “raise money for local charities while giving people a fun experience they will never forget. The bus loop is a great way to see various parts of the City, experience new bars and restaurants, meet new people all participating in a common fundraising event, and eliminating the worries of driving for the attendees. And finally, it is a great deal… Complimentary drinks (and sometimes food) at each venue!”

Bar, restaurant and nightclub owners were also happy to participate in an event that’s a win-win all around!

“Anytime you can fill a restaurant and bar with people, it is a good thing. Also, for many of our venues, 90% of our bus loop attendees have never been to that specific venue so it is great exposure for the venue. The bus loop introduces many people to various bars and restaurants for the first time,” said Haley.

For more information on the Bus Loop and future events throughout South Florida, visit http://busloop.org.

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