I am an outsider, and this group welcomed me with open arms last year, for their incredible kindness and generosity, I am helping to raise money for their cause, any little bit helps The fact of the matter is, bartenders and service industry professionals do not have great health coverage, and when you have to be on your feet and ready to work all night to make your income, getting a diagnosis like breast cancer, is enough to bankrupt you. That's one of the places in which the Helen David Relief Fund steps in to help, it’s a great cause, and a great organization, and its spearheaded by Tony Abou-Ganim, Helen's cousin they do rides like this all over the country, welcoming industry professionals, and stragglers like myself, And I feel very honored to be considered a part of it A quick bit about the organization and its namesake The Helen David Relief Fund at the US Bartenders Guild National Charity Foundation honors the memory of the beloved Port Huron, MI bar owner and community leader who passed from breast cancer. Beating breast cancer twice during her life, Helen David is an inspiration to those living with the disease. In her name, the HDRF assists women in the bar industry who are taking on breast cancer with the dignity and courage Helen displayed through her battle, and exemplified throughout her life, as a pioneer business owner in the bar industry. Helen’s Life Born in Port Huron, Helen was a trailblazer. Women owned businesses were rarely heard of at the time, but that did not deter Helen! Helen opened her own bar, the Brass Rail, in 1937 which became an institution in her town. Helen loved her bar and ran it for 69 passion-filled years. Helen was active in the bar industry through the Licensed Beverage Association, and served as president of the St. Clair County Association and on committees for the Michigan Association. According to her fellow townspeople, “Helen was a fixture in Port Huron for 69 years as the owner of the Brass Rail. She was considered by most people as the heart and soul of Port Huron.” Helen also dedicated herself to community service. She believed that community meant helping one another through times of need. Helen lovingly served through a diversity of projects and organizations including: United Way, Muscular Dystrophy, New Catholic Central High School, Chamber of Commerce and Tourist Bureau, Senior Citizens causes, the People's Clinic and St. Jude’s Hospital (of which she was a Founding member). She was honored by her community for her service with numerous awards including: the 1974 Chamber of Commerce Outstanding Service Award, the 1975 Michigan Licensed Beverage Association Appreciation Award, the 1975 Humanitarian of the Year award from the American Lebanese Syrian Club, 1983 Michigan Licensed Beverage Association Outstanding Membership Award, 1985 Woman of the Year Award, 1986 Spirit of Port Huron Award, 1987 Sports Hall of Fame Award and 1999 Women of Distinction Award by the Blue Water Council of Girl Scouts. Celebrating the Life of a Trailblazer Helen’s zest for life was legendary. When she wasn’t running her bar, or serving as a leader in her community, you could find the free-spirited Helen fishing, golfing or enjoying sporting games like bowling, baseball, softball and hockey. She is remembered for the enthusiasm she exuded in each and every one of her vibrant years.