Local bar raises money for charity during Super Bowl

(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) There will be no shortage of Super Bowl parties this Sunday, however one local bar is adding charity to the fun.

For 17 years now, Biggins Sports Bar and Grill hosts fundraisers on Super Bowl Sunday.

Each year the bar chooses a charity or cause to raise money for, and this year is no different.

Patty Blair hosts benefits for the Hope Lodge, a nonprofit that provides a “home away from home” for cancer patients as well as their caregivers.

“Back in 2016, my brother was diagnosed with leukemia. During his fight with cancer, he spent a lot of time at Hope Lodge,” said fundraiser coordinator Patty Blair. “Hope Lodge was actually our first benefit. We did it for my brother to help him with medical bills. I mean, it’s just really amazing place. And my brother was there for over 100 days. So after he passed away, I thought that would be the best place to use the money.”

After another devastating family loss and rising costs, Blair had to postpone last year’s benefit, leading her to reach out to her longtime friend and co-owner of Biggins Sports Bar for help.

“Superbowl Sunday we always like to have a special charity event, and this year is when Patty approached me that they were needing some little help with their Hope Lodge [fundraiser] that they usually do each year. So we have gotten together and decided that the Hope Lodge will be the recipient of our Super Bowl benefit will be this year,” said co-owner of Biggins Sports Bar Tracy Arthur.

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