Mission "Giveback": A Look at Mr. Beer's 2014 Community Involvement
In 2013, Mr. Beer made it their mission to give back to the community wherever they could. Usually, this comes in the form of donating kits as raffle prizes to help raise money for charities and nonprofits from around the country. This year, Mr. Beer was fortunate enough to work with several nonprofits and charities such as Boston Children's Hospital, Caitlin's Smiles, Suzanne Bronson Children's Trust, Youth on Their Own, The Zoological Society of Milwaukee, and Unstoppable Heroes. On August 23, 2014, Heather Tobin helped raise money for Boston Children's Hospital by hosting Heather's Challenge for 2014 at Hingham Beer Works. This event hosted a silent auction in which all proceeds benefited Boston Children's Hospital, one of the top pediatric institutions in the world. Mr. Beer was thrilled to donate a kit for the silent auction, and to help out an organization that gives hope to so many kids and families, and is continually working to treat and cure an incredible variety of diseases. Caitlin's Smiles is dedicated to sharing smiles and laughter with children facing chronic or life threatening illnesses. Founded in 2004 in memory of Caitlin Hornung, the nonprofit organization distributes arts and crafts kits to hospitals, giving kids an outlet for creativity during such a difficult time in their lives. This October, Caitlin's Smiles hosted A Night of Smiles Art Auction at the Radisson Hotel in Camp Hill, PA. Mr. Beer donated a kit for their silent auction, and all proceeds went towards the continued efforts to provide hospitals with arts and crafts bags. Throughout the holiday season, Unstoppable Heroes will be hosting auctions on Ebay that directly benefit the organization. Unstoppable Heroes is an amazing non-profit that represents over 250 Wounded in Combat Veterans, most of whom are single, double, and even triple amputated. Their goal is to keep these young men and women involved in activities that help them re-adjust to civilian life, as well as to assist them in finding a career in order to help them gain a sense of belonging. Unstoppable Heroes will be hosting these auctions all month long. If you would like to support this wonderful organization, please visit their Ebay account to see all of the items up for auction: http://www.ebay.com/usr/unstoppableheroes?_trksid=p2047675.l2559 This past May, the Bronson family lost a beloved wife and mother to her third battle with cancer. Suzanne Bronson was a dedicated military wife, mother, and an elementary school teacher, and her untimely passing left her family in an emotional and financial struggle. In order to ease the financial burden that had fallen upon the family, Suzanne's brother created a local fund raiser that would directly assist Suzanne's two children's educational fund. Mr. Beer gladly donated a homebrewing kit to be used as a raffle item in the fundraiser. Chris Magistri, the founder of the Suzanne Bronson Children's Trust fundraiser, said that with the help of the local community, along with generous corporate donors, they were able to raise $3,000 to benefit Suzanne's children. In addition to the nonprofits we work with around the country, Mr. Beer tries to give back to the local Tucson community as much as possible. In 2013, Mr. Beer donated $1000 to a great local nonprofit, Youth on Their Own (YOTO). YOTO is a dropout prevention program in Tucson that supports the high school graduation of homeless unaccompanied youth who are in 6th-12th grade. YOTO provides students with financial assistance, basic needs and guidance as they work to obtain their high school diplomas. Mr. Beer has a wonderful relationship with YOTO, and tries to support their cause whenever they host local fundraisers. Mr. Beer has also donated kits to events that are still in the works. The Zoological Society of Milwaukee will be hosting Puttin on the Ritz February 5, 2015 at Potawatomi Hotel & Casino. This annual event is a night filled with gourmet food, premium cigars, drinks, live auction, and amateur boxing. Last year's event raised more than $154,148 for the Zoological Society and their support of the Milwaukee County Zoo, and this year's event is sure to be hit. If you are a non-profit or charity looking to raise funds through an auction or raffle, please contact Customer Service to discuss the possibility for Mr. Beer involvement.