The last six weeks have been exceptionally busy. I’m pleased to report that all our endeavors were successful both in terms of fun and funds raised.
The 3rd installment of the Biblical Brew Off saw our biggest crowd yet. There is no doubt that the women of Team Eve helped to bring many of their own fans which swelled the crowd. Those present got to sample the seven brews, dine on BBQ and bid on the silent auction while team of judges (Theresa Conroy, Danya Henninger, George Hummel and special guest Jay Brooks) ranked the offerings.
Team Jesus took back the crown but Team Eve took the People’s Choice with their Saison d’Eve. But the real winners were the charities who split an all-time high of over $2700.
Beer Week was just as fruitful. Sarah Weissiger joined Rabbi Eli and myself at Fergie’s for the latest iteration of A Priest, a Minister and a Rabbi Walk into a Bar. Sarah’s knowledge and humor blended perfectly. Together we shared our thoughts and mused theological. The crowd was wonderful and posed heartfelt questions.
A few days later I took my first turn working behind the bar at the Old Eagle Tavern. Lew Bryson and I poured beers for a big crowd some of whom were regulars but many of whom came out to support us and the good work of North Light Community Center.
I have to say that it’s a lot harder than it looks. Thankfully Ryan (the regular barkeep) was a good teacher and the patrons were patient (although I was occasionally heckled for being too slow). Between keeping orders straight in my head and dealing with foamy taps, I was ready for a beer myself by the time it was all over. All told we raised $275 in tips and Erin kicked in another $200 from the house’s take which meant that North Light Community Center got $475!
The money we raised for charity is great but what is even more important about these events is that they bring people, who otherwise might never meet, together in a way that fosters conversation and helps build common bonds. There is real power in coming together over a beer and I am truly grateful to have friends that help me harness that power in new and creative ways.