When GLHF started Milwaukee’s Best Bloody seven years ago, we were looking for a fresh way to raise critical funds and awareness about bleeding disorders. Although we knew the event had the potential to be successful, we didn’t anticipate the overwhelming support we would receive from the community.
This year, we sold tickets to more than 1,100 Bloody Mary connoisseurs, raised more than $70,000, and hosted 12 area bars and restaurants competing for the title of Milwaukee’s Best Bloody.
“It’s really amazing. The community of southeastern Wisconsin has truly embraced Milwaukee’s Best Bloody,” said Danielle Leitner Baxter, GLHF’s Executive Director. “It has become one of our signature events.”
GLHF has introduced people of all backgrounds to the bleeding disorders community – people that would otherwise be difficult to reach. As the event continues to grow from 250 people in its first year to more than 1100 this year, so too does our ability to educate the public about bleeding disorders and the importance of supporting and advocating for our community.
Although many bars and restaurants participate in Milwaukee’s Best Bloody to interact with their “competitors” and showcase their Bloody Mary prowess, they understand it’s for a good cause.
“We are honored to be part of such a fun event that ultimately helps good people with a very real and serious disorder,” said Paul Ward, General Manager at Ashling on the Lough. “Thank you from all of us here at Ashling on the Lough!”
Best Overall: Matty’s Bar & Grill
First Runner Up: Brunch
Second Runner Up: Ashling on the Lough
Most Milwaukee: Bass Bay Brewhouse
Most Like a Meal: Point Burger Bar
Most Inventive: Centraal Grand Café & Tappery