Raise your glass, Raise awareness — Support STSM during #NegroniWeek

Raise your glass, Raise awareness — Support STSM during #NegroniWeek

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Raise your glass, Raise awareness — Support STSM during #NegroniWeek

One of the world’s most famous Italian cocktails is back and making another 7-day appearance at Motor Supply in celebration of Imbibe Magazine + Campari’s sixth annual Negroni Week. Equal parts Campari, vermouth and gin, this vibrant cocktail is delicious in more ways than one.

Head Barman Josh Streetman’s Jalisco Cooler, made with Patrón Tequila, Campari, grapefruit, cucumber, ginger agave.

Since its debut in 2013, Negroni Week has unified nearly 10,000 restaurants and venues across the globe who together have raised ~$2 million for charitable causes worldwide. For the fifth year in a row, $1 from each Negroni sold at Motor Supply will go to support the Sexual Trauma Services of the Midlands [STSM]. In addition to Motor Supply’s contribution to STSM, The Botanist Gin has partnered with the restaurant to match donations dollar for dollar during Negroni Week.

Statement signage during an STSM awareness event in Columbia, SC.

Only available for one week [June 24-30], Head Barman Josh Streetman has prepared three unique variations of the classic Negroni that are sure to excite, especially if you are thirsty to give back to the local community.

“Negroni Week is one of my favorite events of the year,” reveals Josh, “I am passionate about supporting community causes, especially the efforts of Sexual Trauma Services of the Midlands. It’s gratifying to create cocktails that serve a purpose.”

STSM was founded in 1983 by a small group of local women who teamed up to provide a hotline phone service to those experiencing sexual violence in the Columbia area. In their start, the women shared a space and took turns answering the phone. Since then, the organization has expanded to support tens of thousands of sexual assault survivors in many ways over the past 35+ years.

Heavily volunteer-based, now with over 100 dedicated individuals who’ve contributed a collective 15,000+ hours to this organization, Sexual Trauma Services of the Midlands’ mission is to educate the community about sexual assault and support survivors in the community.

STSM staff and volunteers wearing their Walk-A-Mile (one of their signature events) shirts from throughout the years.

“It is incredibly inspiring to see Motor Supply, such a prominent member of the Columbia community, come forward to support our organization and contribute to a cause their team is passionate about,” says Brittany Russell, the director of development at STSM.

The staff and volunteers of STSM provide a spectrum of services to the Midlands and support individuals through hospital accompaniment and legal advocacy. Additionally, STSM administers individual and group therapy sessions and alternative healing, which includes art therapy and yoga. There is a little something for everyone at each stage of their healing progress.

The most frequently used service provided by STSM is their 24/7/365 sexual trauma phone hotline, which like all of their services, is absolutely free for people to use. STSM is grateful that it continues to be able to offer – at no cost – quality care, hope and healing to anyone who seeks it because of the support of the community.

Survivor testimony on the importance of STSM’s free services.

In addition to offering their immediate services and resources, Sexual Trauma Services of the Midlands also spends significant time raising awareness. Sexual assault education is an important step in the prevention process.

Ranging from schools and places of worship to corporate offices, their educational programs cater to groups of various ages and departments.

Trained program facilitators provide information regarding sexual assault identification, prevention and healthy relationships. They even help to create appropriate policies for enforcing safety in these institutions.

STSM staff wearing denim to stand against victim blaming for #DenimDay.

“There is help at STSM for anyone who seeks it – whether they are presently experiencing violence, have been a survivor for 50 years or simply looking to create a safer community,” Brittany shares. “We are here whenever someone is ready to talk. We meet people when they are.”

Comment from an STSM volunteer, who believes that educating the public is the foundation for sexual violence prevention.

Summertime is one of the busiest times of the year for STSM with a significant increase in people requesting their services. In response to this inflation, Sexual Trauma Services of the Midlands is implementing a timely campaign, “100 Days of Summer.” Their goal is to boost awareness and prevention of sexual violence in the community and obtain 100 donors, who each sponsor one day of the crisis hotline via a $100 donation.

“It is essential to the fabric of Motor Supply that we give back to the community that has supported us over the past 30 years,” says Eddie Wales, owner of Motor Supply. “Our team is thrilled to share in the excitement of Negroni Week and support the great work that STSM is doing.”

Sip a Barreled Boulevardier during Negroni Week and show your support for Sexual Trauma Services of the Midlands.

Make reservations now for Negroni Week [June 24-30] to imbibe while supporting STSM. Motor Supply will donate $1 from each Negroni sold to STSM, along with the dollar for dollar contribution thanks to The Botanist Gin.

“Your support goes further than dollars,” says Brittany Russell. “It’s a ripple effect — it does not stop when Negroni Week ends.”

Whether you are sipping on one of Josh Streetman’s specialty Negronis or you are doing your part in other ways, your contribution has a tremendous effect on our community.

Share your Negroni Week pics by tagging Motor Supply on social media or using #MotorSupply and #NegroniWeek. We appreciate your support in raising funds for Sexual Trauma Services of the Midlands and hope to see you June 24-30.