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On this week’s The NOLADrinks Show with Bryan Dias, we chat about the terrific “Son of a Saint” organization, a non-profit that mentors and supports at-risk boys and young men through much of the formative years of their lives. We also let you know how you can purchase a special margarita at select locations to benefit the cause!

The NOLADrinks Show – Son of a Saint – 2021Ep11 – Bryan Dias of The NOLADrinks Show, Sonny Lee of Son of a Saint, and Nick Guth of Son of a Saint and Proximo Spirits.

Pictured above from left – Bryan Dias of The NOLADrinks Show, Sonny Lee of Son of a Saint, and Nick Guth of Son of a Saint and Proximo Spirits.

The NOLADrinks Show with Bryan Dias – Son of A Saint – 2021Ep11

Our featured interview, recorded at the Southern Food and Beverage Museum, is all about the fine non-profit, Son of a Saint.

It’s a broad-based program that provides mentorship, teaches life skills, and much more. We chat with the organization’s founder Bivian “Sonny” Lee III, whose father was a Saints defensive back and passed suddenly when Sonny was only three. Also joining us is Nick Guth of Proximo Spirits. He is a program mentor and shepherded an initiative with Jose Cuervo Tequila supporting the organization.

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We discuss the long-term approach of supporting boys and young men from an early age to young adulthood through a holistic approach. Son of Saint provides a wide range of services and activities throughout the young person’s tenure in the program.

Importantly, the organization pairs participants with mentors who provide one-on-one interaction and support and, perhaps most critically, “are there” as needed to be a positive role model.

Sonny gives us some background on the organization and the breadth of assistance they offer, as well as sharing his own personal experience that led to Son of a Saint. Nick shares the rewarding aspects of being a mentor.

He lets us know, as a beverage industry professional with Proximo Spirits, how they launched a program, through support from Jose Cuervo, where you can purchase a margarita at numerous great establishments in the Greater New Orleans area benefitting the organization. Nick also mixes up a couple rounds of margaritas for us!

The NOLADrinks Show – Son of a Saint – 2021Ep11 –Sonny Lee of Son of a Saint.

Pictured above – Sonny Lee of Son of a Saint.

The NOLADrinks Show – Son of a Saint – 2021Ep11 – Nick Guth of Son of a Saint and Proximo Spirits.

Pictured above – Nick Guth of Son of a Saint and Proximo Spirits.

See a list of participating establishments below.

Both Sonny and Nick stick around for “Another Shot with NOLADrinks” where we chat further about the organization, its approach, and much more. You can subscribe to, stream, and download The NOLADrinks Show with Bryan Dias podcast using the links and players at the top of the post.

Cheers and Be Well, You All!

~ Bryan

Here is a list of establishments in the Greater New Orleans area participating in “Cuervo Gives Back with Sonny’s Margarita.” Please note – some establishments are still in the process of coming “online” with the program. So, be sure to check with them! Also, if your favorite spot is not participating, let them know they should! They can visit Son of a Saint to contact them for more info on how to get involved.

Felipe’s (3 locations)
Carreta’s (4 locations)
Paco’s Tacos (2 locations)
Junior’s
Razzoo
Lucy’s
The Boot
El Gato Negro (3 locations)
Bayou Beer Garden
The Saint
Ancora
Tacos del Cartel
Pirogue’s Whiskey Bayou
Briquette Warehouse
New Orleans Creole Cookery
Mississippi River Bottom
Bruno’s
Local 718
Boil
Hieux Boil
Fat Harry’s
Balcony Bar & Cafe
Andrea’s Restaurant
Harbor
Dixie Tavern

My Brother’s Bar
Rivershack Tavern
Irish Bayou
Bayou Beer Garden
Ruby Slipper (multiple locations)
Blue Oak BBQ
Legacy Kitchen Gretna
El Paso Metairie
El Paso Kenner
El Paso Belle Chase
Vinnie’s Caddyshack
George’s Mexican Restaurant
El Paso Mandeville
Parlay’s
Dixie Tavern
Table & Tap
Barcadia
Zocolo
Loft 18
Colby’s Cocktails
Alma
Two Tony’s
Brennan’s
Southside Café (Slidell)
Austin’s