The third annual Cheers for Children fundraiser to benefit Reach Child and Youth Development Society raised more than $20,000 for children with extra needs last month.
Last year’s event also topped the $20,000 mark, showing the sustained success of the event is a testament to the hard work that goes on behind the scenes.
As befits a fundraiser that helps kids with extra needs, Four Winds Brewing presented the cheque to Reach Society on Pink Shirt Day 2020, a day that promotes kindness and anti-bullying.
“It's always a pleasure to organize and produce this event in partnership with Reach,” said Four Winds Brewing co-founder Adam Mills. “It's a great expression of community like-mindedness that allows us to showcase our passion for music, food, beer and community. We are extremely grateful to all of the attendees who make the fundraising possible, and we look forward to a few new ideas we have planned for next year.”
The evening of live music, micro-brews and burritos held at Harris Barn hit a high point when the winner of the 50/50 draw donated his winnings back to Reach.
Delta South MLA Ian Paton and Delta Mayor George Harvie attended the event with fellow guests and 30-plus volunteers made things run smoothly. Musical entertainment was provided by local bands Olin Brix, A2Z and Star Captains.
Beverage sponsors included Luppolo, Strange Fellows, House of Funk and 33 Acres Breweries, Greenhill Cider and Goodridge & Williams Distilling. Prize and event sponsors were Century Group, Inbox 15B, Glenmore Custom Print & Packaging, Galactic Entertainment, Shuttle 17, Tsawwassen Shuttles, GML Mechanical, Adcentives and Valerie Bartlett.
“Four Winds Brewing shows incredible commitment to our community with this event,” said Reach development manager Kristin Bibbs. “The hours planning, the generous donation of Four Winds beer and burritos, sourcing bands and manning the event itself is a massive undertaking to support vulnerable children.”