Tomorrow, while most of us are snuggled indoors away from the cold, 10 employees from Tabu Lounge and Sports Bar will be trotting around Fairmount — in their skivvies. The bar is participating in this year’s Cupid’s Undie Run, which benefits the Children’s Tumor Foundation, and team captain Freddy Shelley says a little Winter Weather Advisory isn’t going to stand in their way. ”This gives us a chance to do something outside as a group and to dress up and be goofy,” he says, “and, we didn’t want to wait for most of the other charity runs in October.”
Over the past few weeks, Shelley says the team has raised almost $4,000 for the run, making them the fifth-highest-earning local business in Philly. To generate funds, he says employees have reached out to friends via Facebook and several bartenders turned over their own earnings. “We’re always looking for fun opportunities to raise money. One bartender worked in his underwear for a few hours and donated all his tips.”
The one-mile run starts at 2 p.m. and it will loop around Eastern State Penitentiary. Team Tabu — the only all-gay business participating — shouldn’t be that difficult to spot. “We’re all wearing matching underwear, long red socks with white hearts, pink sunglasses and we’re going to paint little hearts on ourselves with body paint,” says Shelley. “Someone may go the cupid route and wear an adult-sized diaper.”
The deadline for donating is tonight at midnight. Currently the team is only $170 short of reaching the $4,000 mark. Click here if you’d like to donate.
UPDATE: Congrats to Tabu for blowing way past the $4,000 donation mark. By the time the midnight deadline rolled around last night, they racked up $4,960 for the Children’s Tumor Foundation. Nice work!