Savannah bars help raise big money for abused children

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - Saturday afternoon, several local bars and pubs helped raise close to $1,000 for Savannah-Chatham CASA, Court Appointed Special Advocates.

WTOC's Don Logana, with an assist from friends, came up with the LoganaCon pub crawl event to raise money for his charity, as he prepares to dance in the Dancing With Savannah Stars event on Nov. 10 at the Lucas Theater.

The fundraiser started at 2 p.m. at Pinkie Masters on Drayton Street. The folks at Pinkie's cooked up a feast to start the day off, with Carol's famous bratwurst and salad and more than a dozen gift bags to be raffled off. More than 20 people started the pub crawl, which winded through downtown Savannah to O'Connell's Irish Pub on Drayton and Congress Street.

30 minutes at O'Connell's, and some good fun and Irish friendliness from Danny O'Connell and crew, and a few more additions to the crawl, the next leg of LoganaCon proceeded to Jen's and Friends on Bull Street and Congress. With the pub crawl now up to almost 40 people, and a few delicious chocolate martini's from Jen and Steve McEvoy, the LoganCon proceeded down to River Street.

After quick stops at Wet Willie's and The Warehouse, 40 strong made the walk to Kevin Barry's Pub, where the LoganaCon attendees were treated to fried pickles, chicken tenders and more.

Next stop: Livewire Music Hall and Peg Leg Pete's for great drink specials and a scavenger hunt, as well as some impromptu ping pong action. Peg Leg Pete's, get extra credit for special signs welcoming the LoganaCon and supporting Don Logana in the Dancing With Savannah Stars competition.

After Pete's, right around the corner, Chuck's Bar made everyone feel right at home. Angela Freeman and the staff at Chuck's kept the event rolling right along to Club One Jefferson, who will be hosting the next fundraiser, The Roast of Don Logana on Oct. 14th.

Keeping the 30 minute schedule, the group grew once again at Churchill's on Bay Street, enjoyed the breezy afternoon on their rooftop bar, and then made it's way next door to our friends at JJ Bonerz for some more food and fun.

Two more stops to go, the best mother-daughter team ever welcomed the LoganaCon crew to Bay Street Blues for more fundraising activities. Jessica and Bonnie Walden have helped raise close to $1,000 for CASA since the campaign began back in July, and helped out with some of the planning for LoganaCon.

The final stop to a long and fun day, McDonough's Bar.

The brave who made the whole pub crawl enjoyed more drink specials. Butch Lamb and Billy Lee were gracious enough to raffle off gift certificates to the restaurant, as well as welcome and generous contributions from The Melting Pot and Paulette Nelson and her Top Dog Grooming Spa, helping add to the fundraising efforts.

K&R Taxi drivers Mack Williams and Jennifer were kind enough to offer free taxi rides to all LoganaCon attendees, making sure they got home safe.

Thank you to everyone who helped make this event so much fun, who donated their hard earned money and their time, and put children first as we make this year CASA's best year ever.

If you missed LoganaCon, don't miss Don's next fundraiser. This Friday night, his friends and co-workers at WTOC will give Don a special tribute: The Roast of Don Logana. Doors open at 7 p.m. at Club One Jefferson's Bay Street Theater in downtown Savannah. Tickets are available online at

You ticket purchase is a donation to Savannah-Chatham CASA, and includes signature cocktails, food by FraLi Gourmet and enters you into a drawing for two VIP tickets to the Dancing With Savannah Stars event on Nov.10.

For more information on the Roast of Don Logana, visit!/event.php?eid=271480389542023

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