Be a Berks County HERO

The John R. Elliot HERO Campaign for Designated Drivers® is dedicated to preventing drunk driving deaths and injuries by promoting the use of designated drivers. The campaign was established by the family of Navy Ensign John Elliott, who was killed in a collision with a drunk driver two months after graduating from the United States Naval Academy in July 2000. The campaign has won state and national awards for its work to prevent drunk driving, which kills and injures tens of thousands of Americans annually.

Learn about the Berks County HERO Campaign


Register as a HERO driverFind a Berks HERO establishment

Celebrate Safely with Mocktails!

Memorial Day Mocktails

Celebrate Memorial Day safely by offering your guests a fun, red, white and blue non-alcoholic beverage. Check out this Mindful Living article for five patriotically colored mocktails that are bound to be a favorite among adults and children alike.

Cinco de Mayo Strawberry Margarita

If you’re hosting a party, be sure to serve up some fun mocktails, like this delicious Cinco de Mayo strawberry margarita mocktail from Sober Julie fixed by our Prevention Specialist Paige. It’s made with fresh strawberries, orange juice, lime juice, sparkling water and rimmed with course sugar. “It’s a delicious drink in a fun glass, perfect for any celebration!” said Paige. “The fun doesn’t have to stop just because you’re not drinking alcohol.”  Get the recipe here.

Mother's Day Shirley Temple

Our Prevention Specialist Paige remembers enjoying Shirley Temples on special occasions while she was growing up, and of ordering other non-alcoholic beverages while on beach vacations with her mother.

“I have fond memories of having island mocktails with my mother, like virgin Pina Coladas, although we never referred to them as mocktails. What was enjoyable about these drinks was the fun names, the fancy cups and straws, and of course the taste! It’s important to start showing our children at a young age that family fun and celebrations don’t have to include alcohol.”

Get the recipe from This Little Piglet, and share a mocktail with your mom this Mother’s Day!

St. Patrick's Day Pot O' Gold Punch

“No matter what the occasion, don’t rely on luck to get you home safely,” Paige advises. Agree to serve as a designated driver, and celebrate with fun mocktails like this easy, awesome Pot O’ Gold Punch developed by Mama Cheaps, and tested by Paige.

Join the Berks HERO Campaign Today!

Register as a HERO Establishment

Encourage patrons to use sober designated drivers and offer incentives like a free soft drink

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Register as a Designated Driver

Be the designated driver when you go out with friends and family. Take the HERO Pledge and receive your HERO ID Card instantly

Be a HERO
Support Berks HERO Establishments

You can visit more than 20 Berks bars & restaurants that have joined the HERO Campaign

Find an Establishment

Click the links to learn more about the Berks HERO Campaign

How Bars & Taverns Participate

The Council on Chemical Abuse is inviting Berks County bars and restaurants to join this effort as Berks County HERO Establishments. Participating establishments agree to the following:

  • Encourage patrons to be or use sober designated drivers.
  • Offer free soft drinks, coffee or other non-alcoholic beverages to non-drinking designated drivers.
  • Promote the HERO Bar and Tavern program and the HERO Campaign through the usage of posters, brochures and window decals which are produced and supplied by the HERO Campaign.
  • Allow the HERO Campaign to promote our establishment as a participant in the HERO Campaign.
  • Stay in contact with the HERO Campaign representatives to request materials and provide feedback on the program

Click here to sign up

How Drivers Participate

When you go out with family and friends, be sure to name a designated driver. Take the HERO driver pledge to receive an ID card entitling you to a free soft drink at participating HERO establishments.

Click here to take the designated HERO driver pledge and receive your digital HERO ID Card instantly.  This card is honored at participating bars and taverns. See list below.

Contact
Paige Carroll

Click here to email Paige Carroll today. You can also call
(610) 376-8669 - EXT. 126

Thank you to these Berks County HERO Establishments!

3rd and Spruce Drafthaus
501 Bar & Lounge
Beer Wall on Penn
Blue Marsh Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria
Brewer’s Bar & Grill
Building 24 Kitchen & Bar
Chatty Monks Brewing Company
Cheers American Bistro
DoubleTree Hilton Hotel Reading
Flanagan’s Pub
G.N.A. Ristorante & Pizzeria
Go Fish! Seafood Restaurant & Sushi Bar
Island Pizza
Jimmy G’s Railroad House
Judy’s on Cherry
Kempton Fire Company
Klinger’s at the Airport
Klinger’s on Carsonia
Knight’s Pub
Liberty Ale House
Liberty Tap Room
Mimmo’s Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria
Nitro Bar
Nonno Alby’s Wood Oven Pizza
Olyvia’s Italian Eatery
Ozgood’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar (Kutztown & Robesonia locations)
Paolo’s Restaurant & Bar
Peanut Bar
Pourhouse American Grille
Radisson Hotel Restaurant & Bar
Reading Liederkranz
Say Cheese! Restaurant & Cheese
Saucony Creek Brewing Co – Kutztown
Stokesay Castle
The Tavern on Liberty
Tinos Pizzeria & Bar
The Works in Wyomissing
The Ugly Oyster Drafthaus