Leeds Project Heart even stronger this season

Leeds Project Heart even stronger this season

Leeds Public House is celebrating the holidays with a special Project Heart in December.

The monthly community-focused event is featuring double giveback donations. On one side is the region nonprofit, Paladin, which helps people with disabilities, their caretakers, children and seniors to all live their best lives.

The Paladin team has united a variety of organizations that all aim to bolster clients and help them thrive every day. This is accomplished through day service, educational, residential, vocational, transportation and habilitation programs.

Leeds Public House will donate 50 percent of proceeds from the featured drink of the month to Paladin. The December Libations for Donations is the Cowboy Cosmo, which mixes up Mi Campo Blanco Tequila, Cointreau, lime juice, cranberry juice and prickly pear syrup.

Paladin Development and Marketing Officer Rita Cavin said the organization has had to continually adjust during the pandemic.

“Paladin cannot open at full capacity, making our income lower. With social distancing and working with persons with disabilities, we have had to teach new ways,” she said.

Cavin said team members are looking into grants and give-back options as well as connecting to community partners for help as they strive to continue their mission.

“Our heroes are our front-line workers who are always keeping our clients and staff safe in every way,” Cavin said. “Our transportation department continues to pick up anyone who needs help to medical appointments, going to and from their homes. We are there to help.”

On the other side of December’s Project Heart is a national effort led by liquor company, Cointreau. For every Cowboy Cosmo that is poured at Leeds, Cointreau will donate to the Independent Restaurant Coalition as a way to keep local restaurants and bars alive.

The coalition is unifying chefs and independent restaurant owners to highlight the continued COVID effects on the industry and work toward protecting workers.

Leeds Public House owner Denise Burns said the double-duty December initiative illustrates the range of individuals that have been affected during the pandemic.

“Our Project Heart has always been about love and support of our region. But today, we understand there are so many people facing challenges and change who are beyond our community,” she said. “We are honored to have the opportunity to take our Project Heart to another level.

“Every Cowboy Cosmo you celebrate with will bring twice as much cheer this holiday season.” For more information on Paladin: www.paladin.care. For more information on Cointreau: www.cointreau.com/us/en/cosmos-for-a-cause.

Leeds is always looking for nonprofits to feature through its monthly Leeds Project Heart. To become a part of the community-focused initiative, contact Leeds General Manager Dave Roberts at 219-814-4530 or droberts@leedspublichouse.com.

Leeds Public House, 401 Franklin St., centers on local and fresh ingredients that are crafted into a flavorful menu and serves up specialty cocktails, local and regional brews, and weekly specials. At home in a 100-plus-year-old building, the Michigan City spot strives to be a neighborhood beacon that enlivens the historic downtown with an eclectic vibe, outdoor patio, indoor and outdoor bars as well as vigorous community spirit.

For more information, visit leedspublichouse.com.