Random Tap owners John and Kimberly Gagliardi with the Brewsky Brothers, Jonathan Gamboa (left) and Nick Gettings (photo by Allen Wallace)
Random Tap takes its name from the 15 taps in the bar which deliver customers different craft beers, rotating at random through selections from all over the country. Owners John and Kimberly Gagliardi have also used the name as part of their growing tradition: monthly random acts of kindness.
Saturday, the June Random Act of Kindness was an effort to help one of the Random Tap family. “Beertender” Nick Gettings, also known as one of the Brewsky Brothers, suffers from cystic fibrosis. He and Jonathan Gamboa (the other half of the Brewsky Brothers) have organized and taken part in many fundraisers for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, but Nick never asked for anything for himself.
In conversation with Nick, John and Kimberly learned he has only 28 percent of normal lung capacity. He will eventually need a lung transplant, but is not on the list because of the expense: getting on the list requires extensive testing which would mean missed work and expenses not covered by insurance.
“They wanted to host an event in order to help me,” Nick said of John and Kimberly, and so Saturday’s event, A Breath for Life, was born. The event included live music by Blues Deluxe Duo and Dell Castillo, food from the Belgian Waffle Truck and the Random Tap grill, and of course plenty of beer.
“He’s such a great guy. It wasn’t even a choice” to organize the fundraiser, John Gagliardi said.
More beer was up for bids among other items in a live auction, with rare specialty bottles bringing up to $80. Other businesses including Ciao Bella Spa also donated auction items. The Random Acts of Kindness will continue in July. “They’re really big into local community,” Nick said of John and Kimberly. “They buy everything they can local.”