Date:May 21, 2017

For the Love of Cocktails Fourth Annual Grand Gala in Las Vegas

“For The Love Of Cocktails” celebrated its fourth year with a grand gala event in Las Vegas last night, featuring over 60 mixologists from across the city.

In partnership with MGM Resorts International and the United States Bartenders’ Guild, award-winning spirits consulting firm BACK BAR USA hosted this year’s event on Friday, May 19, at Alain Ducasse’s Skyfall Lounge, located on the 64th floor of Delano Las Vegas. Hundreds of guests sipped on over 30 specialty cocktails, all created using one major spirit or ingredient. Over 60 bartenders and mixologists throughout the community volunteered their participation for the event, including lead mixologists Derek Baumgartner from Lago by Julian Serrano at the Bellagio Las Vegas and Derek Crow from Libertine Social at Mandalay Bay Las Vegas, also featuring Sefedin Zenuni from Bardot Brasserie at Aria Resort and Casino and Cesar De La Roca from Skyfall Lounge at Delano Las Vegas. Other highlights included passed bites by Rivea Executive Chef Bruno Riou and live entertainment, all set to the backdrop of stunning views of the Las Vegas Strip.

During the ceremony, BACK BAR USA’s founder and chief creative officer, Tim Haughinberry, presented the crowd with a proclamation from the Clark County commission, designating May 19, 2017 as ‘For The Love Of Cocktails Day’. The gala concluded with members of BACK BAR USA offering a $21,000 check to Tony Abou-Ganim’s Helen David Relief Fund, a non-profit organization that assists female bartenders in need of breast cancer screening services“For The Love Of Cocktails” has donated the proceeds to the Helen David Relief Fund for the past four years, having raised over $50,000 to date.


Back Bar USA is an award-winning, full-service marketing, consulting and design firm with more than 25 years of experience in the beer, wine and spirits industries. Specializing in corporate and national account beverage programs with an emphasis on gaming, resorts, nightlife and fine dining, the company provides services ranging from menu development to ground-up event concept, design and execution. Back Bar maintains an impressive portfolio of clients including MGM Resorts International, Landry’s Inc., Wynn Resorts, Tao Group and several others. For more information, visit


Hosted by BACK BAR USA in partnership with world-renowned mixologist and author Tony Abou-Ganim and the United States Bartenders’ Guild (USBG), For The Love Of Cocktails celebrates the art of mixology. Through its event held in Las Vegas, attendees come together to experience great cocktails, celebrate mixology as a craft and support an incredible charitable foundation, The Helen David Relief Fund for Bartenders Affected by Breast Cancer. Tickets will grant guests access to specialty cocktails, hand crafted by as Vegas’ top USBG bartenders, and may be purchased at


The Helen David Relief Fund, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, is a program of the USBG National Charity Foundation which honors the memory of Helen David, master mixologist Tony Abou-Ganim’s aunt, beloved bar owner and community leader who lost her battle with breast cancer. In her honor, the Helen David Relief Fund assists women in the bar industry nationwide by providing pre-screening services for breast cancer.


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