Barstool Sports Fund, founded by Dave Portnoy, helps restaurants

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Dave Beauchamp was walking out of an optometry store last week when he got a FaceTime call offering to help him meet expenses at his struggling downtown Michigan tavern, Champ’s Pub. 

The caller was Dave Portnoy, a social media celebrity and founder of Barstool Sports, a sports blog and digital media company. Portnoy created a relief fund, fueled through donations including $500,000 of his own money, to help small businesses nationwide impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. 

It’s the same fund that Kid Rock is helping to support. Rock tweeted on Monday that he made a donation of $100,000 to the fund and hopes others follow.

“THIS IS THE AMERICA I LOVE!” Put me down for 100K,” Rock tweeted. “And I only post this in hopes others as blessed as me may be moved to help out. – Kid Rock”

In a FaceTime call, Portnoy told Beauchamp: “We wanna help you out, we’ll be there, you’re in the fund… I’m glad to do it.”

Portnoy added, “I love the mustache, glad I got to see it in real life too,” referring to Beauchamp’s signature facial hair, which is also part of Champ’s logo.

David Beauchamp, 73, has owned and operated Champs Pub in Brighton, Mich. for 39 years and says it has been a good business for him. Recently Champs has been selected to receive a financial lifeline from the Barstool fund founded by Dave Portnoy to aid small businesses struggling to stay afloat during the coronavirus pandemic.

It was Beauchamp’s son, David, who saw Portnoy on social media talking about the fund and told him that he had to do this. 

“We sent in a brief history of the business and what we needed the money for,” Beauchamp said. “My son got a call a week ago yesterday that they were interested and wanted a short video. 

Beauchamp’s son recorded a video of him talking about the business and its history. 

Champs Pub in Brighton, Mich. has been selected to receive a financial lifeline from the Barstool fund founded by Dave Portnoy to aid small businesses struggling to stay afloat during the coronavirus pandemic.

On the FaceTime call, Portnoy told Beauchamp that “you’re the exact type of bar we want to help out.”

Beauchamp said he and Portnoy had a nice conversation. “It’s great to be recognized for all these years,” an excited Beauchamp said. 

Champ’s Pub, now in its 40th year, is named after Beauchamp’s nickname “Champ.” The pub is known for its signature ground round burger and as a favorite local hangout.

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