PRESS RELEASE December 20, 2017
The River Valley Area Bar Buddies (RVABB) is working out great in our communities. Since its inception on June 23, 2017, we have given a total of 701 rides in our area. This can have a dramatic effect on the amount of possible drunk drivers on the road in our communities. We would like to thank our coordinator, Tammy Markart and the drivers for their commitment to this program.
River Valley Area Bar Buddies - is a non-profit organization serving the Arena, Lone Rock, Plain, and Spring Green areas. This program is sponsored in part by a grant provided by the Department of Transportation and donations from our local businesses.
The program is designed to give a FREE "safe rides" home, within a 10-mile radius, from our local taverns, restaurants, parties, and events if you feel you are incapable of driving your own vehicle. Beyond the 10 miles there will be a small fee charged of $10 per person, per location. Tips are appreciated for our drivers as they are all volunteers and do not get paid to perform this service. Thank you!
The program is also designed to provide transportation, for a small fee, to our local taverns, restaurants, events, and parties that alcohol may be served.
The fee is:
$5.00 per person from establishment to establishment.
The ride home is FREE. Let a bartender know, or, call or text the bar buddies number below and give them your location for pickup and they will take care of the rest. No driving for you...and a "safe ride" home. The funds raised from the transportation supplied goes toward the ongoing operating costs to keep the Bar Buddies Program going in our community.
Call or text the River Valley Area Bar Buddies van between the hours of 5 p.m. and 3 a.m., Friday and Saturday for your transportation needs - just call or text 608-588-5591. Again, please remember, these are volunteer drivers so tips are appreciated.
There will be expanded hours for the New Year’s Eve holiday. Friday, December 29th and Saturday, December 30th the hours will be from 5 p.m. to 3 a.m. On Sunday, December 31st, we will have expanded operation hours from 3 p.m. to 3 a.m. On January 1st, operation hours for Bar Buddies will be 2 p.m. to 10 p.m.
The River Valley Bar Buddies program is always in need of more volunteer drivers. If interested in volunteering your time, contact coordinator, Tammy Markart at (608)588-4624. Drivers must be at least 26 years of age, must have a valid Wisconsin driver’s license and have a good driving record.
We would also like to thank our sponsors:
Round Barn Motel
Advanced Family Dental
American Players Theatre
KCS U.S Cellular
Wisconsin Riverside Resort
The Shed Restaurant
Jackie and Ron Nolan in memory of Jacob
Consumer Cooperative Oil Company
Glacier Rock Investments, LLC
George’s Auto Body
MS Tax & Accounting
The Woods Bar and Grill
Village Family Dental
Mary the Tax