Prior to joining the Army, Pat would often ride his bike to Rúla Búla in Tempe during the day, sit in the dining room to relax and study his Cardinals playbook over a pint of Guinness.
One day, Pat showed up to Rúla Búla with his own drinking vessel: an Imperial 20-oz. Guinness pint glass engraved with his ASU football #42. He asked the bartender to keep the glass on the top shelf behind the bar so it could easily be located whenever he stopped by.
Shortly after 9/11, Pat made the decision to leave behind his football career and join the Army Rangers. After his last visit to Rúla Búla, he left his #42 glass with the bartender, along with a promise to return. Pat’s pint glass remains on the shelf of Rúla Búla’s back bar today.
This year, Guinness pint glasses in honor of Pat will be sold exclusively at participating Pints for Pat fundraisers.
Each glass costs $10 and is etched with the #42 and a word that celebrates Pat’s legacy. The word for 2016 will be revealed at the kickoff Pints for Pat at Rula Bula on March 12, 2016 in Tempe, Arizona. 100% of the proceeds from the glass fundraiser will support the Tillman Scholars program.
Since 2004, the foundation has invested nearly $12 million in academic support, and named over 400 Tillman Scholars at 108 universities nationwide.
The fourth annual Pints for Pat – Chicago will be held November, 2017. Stay tuned for more details!
From Tempe to Boston, Pints for Pat is now a family and community tradition in honor of Pat. The Inaugural Pints for Pat – Boston will be held on Saturday, March 11 from 6:30-9:30PM at Hennessy’s of Boston (25 Union St, Boston, MA 02108) in honor of the Tillman Scholars who carry on Pat’s legacy of leadership and service. The night will feature light food, drinks, and a silent auction. Proceeds support the Tillman Scholars Program which invests in military veterans and their spouses through academic scholarships, building a diverse community of leaders in the fields of medicine, business, law, technology, education and the arts.
Tickets for the event are $40 online and $50 at the door. Ticket includes 2017 Pints for Pat Souvenir Pint Glass, access to silent auction, and light Irish/American Fare. Capacity at Hennessy’s is limited to 250 so order your tickets soon! Click HERE to register.
For information on hosting a Pints for Pat event in your city, contact Development Manager Ethan Armstrong.