Lowest Greenville is hosting a block party that’s truly cool. On Saturday, July 29, businesses from Belmont Avenue to Ross Avenue in Lowest Greenville will offer deals to people who donate a fan, an A/C unit or at least $20.
We all know Dallas is hot (understatement alert), but most of us are lucky enough to spend most of our time in sweet, sweet air conditioning. The block party is aimed at helping the elderly and disabled, especially those who are low-income, whose air-conditioning has gone out.
Valencia Hooper, manager of the City of Dallas Senior Services, says their office receives about 120 calls a month, and roughly half concern air conditioning issues. When people are without air conditioning in their homes, consequences can be as dire as death.
The need is great, which is why the Lowest Greenville Collective (the area’s business league) organized "Lowest G Cools Down the Big D" to collect life-saving cooling units. On Saturday, July 29, make your donation at Blind Butcher between noon and 8 p.m. and you’ll be given a wristband for freebies.
Big spenders who donate a full A/C unit or $120 or more will get a special wristband that unlocks even more deals, like a free mimosa with purchase at Village Baking Co. Plus, the big whammy: They’ll be entered into a raffle for a Lowest Greenville basket stuffed with gift cards from “almost every single restaurant down here,” says the collective’s president Sammy Mandell.
“If you win this thing, you definitely got your money’s worth,” Mandell says.
Even if you just want to donate $20, you’ll still get deals like a free cookie at JOY Macarons, a free half liter of draft beer at Blind Butcher, $1 off pizza slices at Greenville Avenue Pizza Co. and free ice cream for kids with a purchase at Ragin’ Crab Cafe.
Plus, Texas’ beloved Shiner Bock beer will donate $1 from every one of their beers purchased at any business in the collective on July 29.
Truck Yard will have a live band playing and Shiner specials all day, and the event will wrap up with a closing party where the amount collected will be announced. Though the live music and specials end at Truck Yard at 9 p.m., the party goes as long as you want it to -- it is Saturday night, after all.