Parched March, Sydney’s month-long bar odyssey, kicked off with a huge VIP media and celebrity launch event on Wednesday 27th March at The Loft.
Guests enjoyed cocktails by Suntory and canapés while watching the sunset on the balcony.
Mambo artists, Lee McConnell and Ben Brown, painted and decorated a PUP UP dog statue, created by Tanya Dobble, and a Mambo surf board which has been donated to Parched March and will be auctioned off at the wrap party at the end of the campaign.
Speeches were held by Amy Cooper, founder of Parched March, and celebrity brand ambassador Jamie Durie, who even brought his pup, Bodhi, up on stage with him – the venue made a special exception and let Bodhi be the only canine guest, especially for Parched March.
Guests included Dr Katrina Warren, Jamie Durie and his dog, special guest Bodhi.
The event had a fabulous turnout, guests included Jamie Durie (horticulturalist and international award-winning landscape designer), Dr Katrina Warren (celebrity TV vet), Laura Andon (professional surfer and model), Aaron Bruce (Sydney Kings player), Sarah Stavrow (Fashion Commentator and founder of The Fashion Institute), Josh Flinn (TV fashion commentator), Matt Doran (Channel 10 TV presenter), (Sophia Hope (singer and former X Factor contestant), SYP (Australian Psy impersonator), Lynette Bolton (WAG Nation TV star and married to Sydney Swans player Jude Bolton), Tom Steinfort (columnist and Channel 9 TV presenter), and Amy Meredith (3-time ARIA-nominated Australian band).
More than 60 Sydney bars will be mixing up special cocktails throughout the month of March, including Bondi Hardware, Gazebo Wine Garden, Hugo’s, Palmer & Co, Méjico, LL Wine & Dine and many more. The annual Good Times for a Good Cause are set to be the biggest yet.
“Parched March helps raise money for Animal Welfare League NSW (AWL) by encouraging people to enjoy our city’s bars responsibly. It proves that doing good doesn’t always mean depriving yourself,” says Parched March director Amy Cooper.
“It’s now become a much-anticipated event on the Sydney social calendar, bringing friends and colleagues together as well as showcasing this city’s brilliant bar culture.”
In 2013 Parched March tempts Sydneysiders to take part in a number of unique challenges and events, with highlights including:
The Parched March PUP-UP – Throughout the month of March specially commissioned papier mache dogs will be decorated by Mambo artists, Jamie Durie and other celebrities, and will appear in participating venues. These unique artworks will then be auctioned at the end of the month.
March 6th 2013: Petting Zoo Party – Lil’ Darlin, Darlinghurst. A fun party with a human zoo.
March 10th 2013: Pets at the Pub – at The Alexandria Hotel. Enjoy a pet-friendly afternoon in Sydney’s biggest beer garden with interactive entertainment and celebrity appearances.
March 14th 2013: BLONDE V’S BRUNETTES at Cargo Bar – Blonde vs Brunettes quiz night with interaction in fun games, dance off’s, live art drawing on a celebrity torso, challenging who is the smarter of the two.
March 17th 2013: Pets at the Pub – Lord Dudley Hotel, Woollahra. A Best in Show dog contest, fun, prizes and special appearance from Dr Katrina Warren at this lovely English-style pub. Plus – meet Bruce, the resident bulldog.
March 21st 2013: MR CBD, at Ananas at The Rocks is guaranteed to turn up the heat in town, with a beauty parade and auction of the hottest male city workers. Brings new meaning to sex and the city.
March 22nd 2013: Furry Friday Rescue Challenge – A fast-paced treasure hunt through participating CBD Parched March bars will see teams following clues to find the Pup-Up dogs.
April 3rd 2013: The Wrap Party – This invite-only bash is the culmination of the month with awards for the best bars and fundraisers of Parched March 2013. With live music, entertainment and of course cocktails, the Wrap Party is always the most anticipated event on the Parched March calendar.
In the name of furry, charitable fun, Parched March 2013 will be the biggest celebration yet of Sydney’s top-notch bar culture.