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D.C. restaurants selling tropical cocktails to help with Tim Duncan, other hurricane relief funds

Proceeds to be donated for areas affected by Hurricane Irma

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Restaurants in Washington, D.C., are doing their part to bolster hurricane relief efforts by adding tropical cocktails to their menus and sending the proceeds to organizations such as Tim Duncan’s 21 U.S. Virgin Island Relief Fund.

Days after Hurricane Irma tore its way across the U.S. Virgin Islands as a Category 5 on Sept. 6, Duncan, the San Antonio Spurs legend, took to the Players Tribune to share his heartfelt article "Don’t Forget About the Islands."

Duncan, born and raised in St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, said he’s “lived through it” and “at some point somebody was doing this for me,” writing in his own words of surviving Hurricane Hugo at 13 years old in 1989.

“People still talk about Hugo. Some people even say that the island never really returned to normal. That’s how bad the damage was. They talk about the lag in relief efforts in the critical days and weeks after the disaster, which was mostly due to the island’s small size and distance from big cities.”

A call to action from Tim. Continue the amazing work everyone! #DuncanRelief #USVirginIslands #HurrcaneIrma pic.twitter.com/6E2JpDETQ7

— Duncan USVI Relief (@DuncanRelief) September 10, 2017

In an article in The Washington Post, Jill Taylor, co-owner and service director of D.C. restaurant Tail Up Goat, shares her own experience of not only Hurricane Hugo but also Hurricane Marilyn in 1995.

Shortly after Marilyn, Tyler told the Post her parents sent her back to live in the U.S. while they stayed in St. Thomas, an island north of Duncan’s hometown island.

Tyler said in the Post article that Hurricane Irma’s destruction was far worse than what Hugo and Marilyn left behind on the island, sharing her mother’s firsthand account.

“She (Tyler’s mom) said the devastation is unlike anything she has ever seen. People lost everything they own. Homes are completely gone. It will be months before power is restored to those that are lucky to still have homes. It will take years for people to recover,” Tyler told the Post.

To help continue raising money for recovery efforts, Tyler and other D.C. restaurant owners are creating popular tropical cocktails well known across the Caribbean region for several weeks, according to the Post.

Tail Up Goat will donate $1 from each Painkiller drink sold.

Posted by Going Out Guide From The Washington Post on Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Duncan’s relief effort alone has collected more than $2.5 million in donations, along with 170,000 pounds of food and over 1,200 pounds of medical supplies.

However, another major hurricane threatens the same areas affected by Irma and in a tweet shared Monday on Duncan’s Relief Fund twitter page, the Spurs legend said, “Everyone please pray for the islands tonight as Hurricane Maria is expected to make landfall on St. Croix as a Cat 5 now...”

Hurricane Maria is expected make landfall on the U.S. Virgin Islands late Tuesday night and Puerto Rico Wednesday morning as a Category 5 with sustained winds of 165 mph.

To learn more about how you can donate to Duncan’s Hurricane relief efforts, follow the link.

agarcia@ksat.com


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