Tuesday, June 28, 2016

LLS Names Southern Proper Hospitality's Chris Hadermann Atlanta's Man of the Year

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Restaurateur Raised More Than $190,000 in Fight Against Blood Cancers

ATLANTA (June 28, 2016) – Chris Hadermann of Southern Proper Hospitality and Tin Lizzy’s Cantina was named Atlanta’s Man of the Year by the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) at a gala at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta on June 11.  Hadermann, a founding partner of the Atlanta-based restaurant group Southern Proper Hospitality (Gypsy Kitchen, The Southern Gentleman, Smokebelly BBQ, The Big Ketch (Canton Street and Buckhead), The Blind Pig Parlour Bar and Milton’s Cuisine & Cocktails) as well as Atlanta-based Tin Lizzy’s Cantina (12 locations across Atlanta and South Carolina) was honored for his fundraising efforts on behalf of the LLS’ mission to help eradicate leukemia, lymphoma and other life-threatening blood cancers.

Hadermann raised $191,595 during the organization’s Man & Woman of the Year competition, with every dollar raised counted as one vote. Hadermann competed for the award in honor of his grandfather, who lost his life to leukemia, as well as local blood cancer survivors Emory and Norah, LLS’s Boy & Girl of the Year.

“This award is for everyone with Southern Proper Hospitality and Tin Lizzy’s who helped make this happen, as well as friends and family, and of course the guests of our restaurants who also assisted in this extensive fundraising effort.  More importantly, it is for all who are fighting the fight against these terrible diseases,” says Hadermann. “I am honored to be able to contribute to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s life-changing work to increase survival rates for these blood cancers.  The Southern Proper and Tin Lizzy’s teams look forward to hosting more events and promotions for this important cause.”

As part of Hadermann’s fundraising efforts, all of Southern Proper Hospitality’s as well as all  12 Tin Lizzy’s Cantina locations participated in a special cocktail promotion, with $1 from every drink sold going directly to the LLS. Tito’s Handmade Vodka matched every dollar donated from this effort as well.

Other efforts included a private wine dinner hosted by executive chef Matthew Ridgeway, a Great Gatsby-themed five-course dinner and party at The Blind Pig, a bountiful garden dinner hosted by Milton’s Cuisine & Cocktails, a golf tournament at the Polo Golf & Country Club sponsored by both restaurant groups along with food supply company Performance Food Group (PFG), and a “Sip & Savor” fundraiser hosted by Hadermann at The Shops Buckhead Atlanta. Hadermann also raised funds via his Facebook page, his personal MWOY page and by reaching out to generous friends and family.

Hadermann will now be entered into a competition for LLS’ Man of the Year, with a national winner announced in July.

About Southern Proper Hospitality
Southern Proper Hospitality is an entrepreneurial restaurant organization that values innovation, creativity and attention to detail. The mission of the team of industry leading professionals is to help shape the cultural fabric of Atlanta. Southern Proper provides a “short term escape” for diners by creating unique and distinct dining experiences that appeal to customers’ sense of adventure. Each restaurant offers a high energy, fun and entertaining atmosphere coupled with genuinely hospitable service and exceptional, high quality food.

About Tin Lizzy’s Cantina
Tin Lizzy’s Cantina offers delicious FlexMex cuisine. For the unfamiliar, FlexMex resembles Tex-Mex, but is comprised and influenced by many cultures, and is also an attitude or experience that evokes a feeling of belonging and pure awesomeness. Known for fun food with unique flavors, the Atlanta-born and -based restaurant and bar serves more than 25 soft tacos, quesadillas, specialty skillets and more. Diners can customize their meal with a variety of fresh ingredients and enjoy one of the many specialty margaritas or cocktails from the bar. For more information about Tin Lizzy’s Cantina, visit tinlizzyscantina.com.


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