Circ Bar, 210 S. First St. in Ann Arbor, has launched a new initiative called Circ Cares that aims to help local nonprofits in part by offering them free event space.
Every Wednesday through the end of 2020, 501(c) charities can apply to reserve the recently revamped drinking spot free of charge. Operated by Krazieye Productions, Circ Bar holds up to 550 people and includes a rooftop deck, two bars, a stage with multiple PA setups, and 12 72" TVs.
Event staff and security services will also be provided to nonprofits. Catering, valet parking, marketing, and social media outreach services can also be negotiated for a low cost.
"We have steadily recognized that there are so many amazing charities in the community who are trying to do good, but they can sometimes struggle to find space for their events," says Circ Bar event coordinator Steven Kwasny.
He says the proof is in the numbers. Kwasny reports receiving at least five to 10 requests a day from nonprofits of all sorts since the program’s launch on Aug. 15.
"Organizations have been requesting the venue for anything ranging from meetings to galas to fundraisers. It’s been really humbling to be able to help them," he says. "This program is our way of showing our commitment to the Ann Arbor community. We love the city and we want to do everything in our power to improve the lives of everyone in it."
Jaishree Drepaul-Bruder is a freelance writer and editor currently based in Ann Arbor. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photo by Sarah Yoon.