Although Lochte lost some sponsors including Speedo and Ralph Lauren following the mess, a cough drops company called Pine Brothers picked him up.
“Pine Brothers believes in love, light and doing what is right. Doing what is right to us means making our product in the United States (even though it costs more), providing no-cost health insurance to our employees (even though we are not required to) and forgiving someone who not only embarrassed himself but let down his country (Ryan Lochte),” the company said in an open letter posted to its social media accounts. “Forgiving isn’t about condoning the action; it is about providing grace when asked.”
Cocktails for a Cause
Cocktails for a Cause, benefiting GiGi's Playhouse, will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Sept. 22 on the rooftop bar at Fadó Irish Pub, 273 Buckhead Ave. N.E. The organization supports achievement centers for children with Down syndrome; its network includes 31 community playhouses, including the first international location in Mexico. Last year, more than 26,000 individuals with Down syndrome benefited from its free programs. Event tickets are $50 each; see bit.ly/1mOYxtX for details.