Project Heart to send socks overseas

Written by Chronicle Staff. Posted in Community News & People in the News

Published on November 04, 2020 with No Comments

Hotel Tango Distillery owner Travis Barnes joined Leeds Public House at its private barrel launch party in February. Leeds is partnering once again with the HT team on its November Project Heart.

Leeds Public House and Hotel Tango Distillery are teaming up for a Project Heart special event from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 11, at the restaurant, 401 Franklin St. in Michigan City.

The veteran-owned distillery’s efforts are being featured in November as part of Leeds’ monthly initiative that donates 50 percent of drink proceeds to support an organization.

“Being a veteran-owned brand, Hotel Tango is committed to honoring and accommodating our veterans,” said Kelsey Strohmeyer, HT brand manager. “The Hotel Tango staff uses Veterans Day as a day of service. Corporate staff members are encouraged to hold an event that gives back to a veteran charity or go out into the community to help a veteran charity.”

The Veterans Day Ready-to-Salute event will include a bar bites menu and the November Libations for Donations: Sock It to Me Cider. The drink showcases Leeds private barrel bourbon by Hotel Tango, cider and El Guapo Holiday Pie Bitters and will be available all November long.

Guests who bring in a pair of socks during the event will receive 10 percent off. Hotel Tango will be using the Project Heart donation to purchase additional socks for service members overseas.

“Our soldiers that are actively serving are constantly on their feet and therefore, always need new socks,” Strohmeyer said. “From the service members we surveyed within our company, most said when they were serving that was one of the most prized gifts to get.”

Leeds Public House owner Denise Burns said the Leeds team is honored to work with a service-minded business to spotlight veterans and military members.

“Every day, we pull on our socks without a worry. Learning that our soldiers are in need of this essential item really emphasizes what military life is all about: service, sacrifice and devotion,” Burns said.

Hotel Tango’s mission is rooted in owner Travis Barnes’ service, three tours in Operation Iraqi Freedom and life after the military. The distillery is the nation’s first to be combat-disabled and veteran-owned.

“Besides sending socks overseas, this year we are raising money to support Hero Hut, a veteran-run charity that encourages veterans to discover a civilian life defined by service and surrounded by community,” Strohmeyer said. “Re-entering civilian life can be very hard for many veterans. Hotel Tango wants to use its resources to help them.”

All Veterans Day, military members and veterans will receive 20 percent off their food purchase.

Leeds is always looking for nonprofits to feature through its monthly Leeds Project Heart. To become a part of the community-focused initiative, contact Leeds General Manager Dave Roberts at 219-814-4530 or

Leeds Public House centers on local and fresh ingredients that are crafted into a flavorful menu and serves up specialty cocktails, local and regional brews, and weekly specials. At home in a 100-plus-year-old building, the Michigan City spot strives to be a neighborhood beacon that enlivens the historic downtown with an eclectic vibe, outdoor patio, indoor and outdoor bars as well as vigorous community spirit.

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