KOBAYASHI performs hot-dog eating spectacular in a fundraiser for LGBT community

Where: The Gatehouses at Kings County Distillery, 299 Sands Street at the Dumbo entrance of the Brooklyn Navy Yard.

When: Monday July 4th. Party from 3pm-10pm. Performance begins around 6pm.


NEW YORK (July 1, 2016) Fifteen years ago at his Coney Island debut, Takeru Kobayashi ate an astonishing 50 hot dogs, doubling the previous record and forever transforming the world of competitive eating. He has since become a global celebrity and a pop-culture icon (featured in a SNL sketch, immortalized with his own TOPPS trading cards). He remains the World Record Holder—69 hotdogs in 10 minutes—and Kobayashi has since taken his 4th of July mega-eating on the road. This year, he will pound dogs to raise funds for the employees, survivors and victims’ families of Pulse. Come cheer him on and pledge a donation for each hot dog he eats!

This will be the first time Kobayashi’s party will be a fundraiser. He wishes all guests to cheer him on and pledge a donation for each hot dog he eats. All funds raised will go to the employees, survivors and victims’ families of Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Fla and Athlete Ally, a national organization that seeks to end homophobia and transphobia in sports.

The party will be held at The Gatehouses, the gorgeous new tasting room of Kings County Distillery. Just two months old, it is already Brooklyn’s most exciting new bar, serving cocktails, tastes and flights of Kings County Distillery’s handmade whiskeys. Bring your bathing suit to the Dunk Tank and your friends can Dunk You for Pulse. Come celebrate independence with the legendary Princess Diandra & Tobel Von Cartier. Fleishers Hot Dogs and Hamburgers will be served. The outdoor garden is a prime location to view the East River fireworks.


About The Gatehouses at Kings County Distillery: The Gatehouses are the new public home of Kings County Distillery, New York City’s oldest and premier whiskey distillery. Every drop the distillery sells, it makes in the Brooklyn Navy Yard. Kings County’s whiskeys have won numerous awards, the 2016 Distillery of the Year Award from the American Distilling Institute. The historic, castle-like entrance to the Brooklyn Navy Yard has become an essential destination for whiskey lovers.


The Gatehouses at Kings County Distillery
299 Sands St, Brooklyn NY 11201 (Corner of Sands Street and Navy Streets)

Contact: info@kingscountydistillery.com, 347-689-4211 // Maggie James, maggie@takeru-kobayashi.com, 917-678-1784


About Athlete Ally: Athlete Ally is a non-profit organization that educates and empowers the athletic community to take a stand against homophobia and transphobia in sports. Athlete Ally works with MLB, the NBA, WNBA, and NBPA on player development and LGBT inclusion. It also co-wrote the NCAA’s LGBT policies and resource guides and partners with over a hundred professional athletes and college campuses to promote LGBT equality and respect.


To contact Athlete Ally:
Ted Rybka
Director of Communications


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