Charity Events

The Nitty Gritty takes pride in providing local groups and organizations the opportunity to fundraise at our establishment. Below are three fundraising options for you and your group to choose from. Please decide which option you believe will best benefit your needs. If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact us at 608.251.2521 (downtown), 608.833.6489 (Middleton), or 608.837.4999 (Sun Prairie) or by filling out one of our contact forms.


The Nitty Gritty will donate 15% of our sales during a given time frame for your group. This option requires some work on your part, as you are responsible for getting people to come to the Nitty Gritty.  If you decide to host a dinner, your guests must let us know that they are here specifically for you and your charity.  At the end of the night we will tally up the sales for people who said were with your group, and donate 15% to your organization.  We prefer to have these dinners on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday, as to not conflict with our busier weekend nights.


We will provide you with an abridged menu, providing each guest with an entrée, side and fountain drink, tax and gratuity.You would be responsible for charging each individual a price of your choice (we suggest $18-$20). At the end of the meal, we will charge $14-15 per guest, leaving the surplus for you and your organization. You can sell tickets ahead of time or at the event, but we do not allow you to solicit our normal customers that are not here for the event. We recommend selling as many tickets as you can in advance.  Poor promotion can lead to fewer people showing up, so do your best to get the word out and advertise your event.  We prefer to have these dinners on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday, as to not conflict with our busier weekend nights.


Our 3rd option is our "Cup Night". To simply put it, we offer drink specials that are only served in a special cup. We provide the cup; you sell the cup and keep the proceeds. Most groups choose to sell the cup for $5. If a customer decides to purchase the cup, we will provide them with $1 (16oz.) taps Miller High Life, as well as $3.50 double rail mixers. We strongly encourage you to invite as many people as possible to ensure a profitable evening. You can bring as many of your members (if they are under 21 they must identify themselves upon arrival) as you want to assist in selling cups. You can hang posters to help inform the public of your charity and the cup deals, but we do not allow you to sell cups until 9pm.  You are welcome to stay for the remainder of the evening, and sell cups until last call. There is a $25 fee to be paid immediately upon arrival to receive your cups, but anything else that you make above and beyond that is yours to keep for the group. We suggest holding your ‘Cup Night’ on Thursday, Friday or Saturday evenings.

We hope that these options provide you with the ability to raise money for your organization, and we are happy to host your event.  In the end, it will only be as successful as the effort you put into it.  We recommend giving yourself enough time to properly promote the event, and work hard to get people to come specifically to support your group.  Feel free to contact us with any questions. Best of luck, and happy fundraising!