Celebrity Bartenders hit up Raleigh's Zinda

By Dathan Kazsuk

If you're looking for something fun to do on the second Wednesday of each month, why not head downtown to Raleigh's Zinda New Asian restaurant to have a drink, meet a celebrity, and help donate money to a good cause (10 percent of bar proceeds).

Zinda will be launching a year-long series of celebs pouring your favorite drinks, with donating funds to a different nonprofit organization each month. It's fun. It's drinks. It's lending a helping hand.

Celebs behind the counter on Wednesday, January 9 will include former Carolina Hurricane fan favorite, Bates Battaglia, and former New England Patriots linebacker Adalius Thomas. They will be raising money for the Hope for Haiti Foundation.

Thomas, drafted by the Baltimore Ravens in 2000, spent 9-years in the NFL, and was on the Ravens' team that won the Super Bowl in 2000 against the New York Giants.

Battaglia played with the Carolina Hurricanes from 1997-98 to the 2002-03 season, and was part of the famous BBC line, which featured Rod Brind'Amour and Erik Cole. Bates was on the Hurricanes when the team went to the Stanley Cup finals in the 2001-02 season when they were beat by the Detroit Red Wings 4-1 in the series.