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THE MODERN MIXOLOGIST TONY ABOU-GANIM GOES PINK IN CELEBRATION OF NATIONAL BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH

Tony Abou-Ganim, known as The Modern Mixologist and author of The Modern Mixologist: Contemporary Classic Cocktails and Vodka Distilled: The Modern Mixologist on Vodka and Vodka Cocktails, is going pink this October. In celebration of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a portion of the proceeds from www.modernmixologist.com will benefit the Helen David Relief Fund, designed to provide assistance to bartenders affected by breast cancer.

Founded in 2013 by Abou-Ganim, the Helen David Relief Fund honors the memory of his beloved cousin, the Port Huron, Michigan bar owner and community leader for whom the foundation is named. Beating breast cancer twice during her life, David is an inspiration to those living with the disease. In her name, the Helen David Relief Fund assists women in the bar industry who are taking on breast cancer with the dignity and courage David displayed through her battle, and exemplified throughout her life, as a pioneer business owner in the bar industry.

"I grew up in the bar business. My cousin Helen David Opened the Brass Rail Bar in Port Huron, Michigan in 1937," said Abou-Ganim. "I enjoyed many Shirley Temples while watching my uncles tend that beautiful bar before imbibing my first legal cocktails on April 14, 1978. I later went on to learn the craft from Helen, my Uncle Charlie and cousin Tony in 1980. I guess you could say bartending is in my blood. My earliest influence came from my cousin Helen, who taught me, 'For a nickel more, you go first class!'"

For more information about Tony Abou-Ganim or the Helen David Relief Fund, visit www.modernmixologist.com. Like Helen David Relief Fund on Facebook (Facebook.com/ HelenDavidReliefFund) and follow along on Twitter @HelenDavidRF for updates and special event information.

About Tony Abou-Ganim

Tony Abou-Ganim is widely regarded as one of the pioneering and leading bar professionals in the world. He has made dozens of national TV appearances on shows including TODAY, Iron Chef America, Good Morning America, CNBC, Fox News and more. Abou-Ganim is the author of The Modern Mixologist: Contemporary Classic Cocktails (Agate, 2010) which offers readers an in-depth look into spirits and ingredients available to today's mixologist, both professional and amateur alike. This entertaining and informative journey will take readers from the Early Stages of the cocktail to what Abou-Ganim has come to deem "Modern Mixology." Abou-Ganim also has a DVD to his credit, Modern Mixology: Making Great Cocktails at Home, and hosted the Fine Living program Raising the Bar: America's Best Bar Chefs. Abou-Ganim has also won three Iron Chef America competitions; pairing cocktails with Iron Chef Mario Batali; with Iron Chef Jose Garces and most recently with challenger Chef Shawn McClain. His signature branded line of Modern Mixologist bar tools and his second book, Vodka Distilled (Agate, 2013), are available now atwww.modernmixologist.com. Keep current with news, appearances and special events at www.modernmixologist.com on Facebook and on Twitter @MdrnMixologist.

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