Beaufort Wine and Food is proud to announce its next community donation – $15,000 to go towards the hurricane relief effort being spearheaded by the Carteret County Public School Foundation.The funds were raised over the two-day craft beer festival, Beaufort’s Brewin’, which was held September 28th and 29th. After much consideration, BWF board of directors decided that the beer festival should go on as scheduled, and that the festival should support hurricane relief in Carteret County.
“We met just after the storm, before power was even restored to decide if we were going to move forward with this festival,” explains Lindsay Parker, executive director of Beaufort Wine and Food.
“While we knew there was a lot of work to be done to pull this event off, the board felt that many in this area were hurting and that this could be an amazing opportunity to come together and support our community in a big way.”
In addition to deciding to move forward with the event, BWF worked with the Town of Beaufort to move the event to downtown Front Street in Beaufort.
“With the help of event sponsor 34° North Restaurant, The Boathouse at Front Street Village, the Town of Beaufort, over two dozen craft breweries, area restaurants, and countless volunteers, we were able to hold two incredible events that shined a light on the resilience of our town and community as a whole.”
The board held an emergency meeting following the festival to decide where it could quickly disperse the funds to have a maximum impact.
After reaching out to Tabbie Nance, communication director for Carteret County Public Schools, the BWF board was made aware of a current fundraising effort being matched by philanthropist Doris Buffett, longtime supporter of organizations that serve Carteret County and founder of The Sunshine Lady Foundation, The Learning By Giving Foundation and others.
“The BWF board felt that with the $15,000 donation to the Carteret County Public School Foundation being turned in to a $30,000 donation, Buffett’s match was the way to go,” explains Parker.
The Carteret County Public School Foundation is a 501-c(3) non-profit organization with an all-volunteer board, who donates 100% of the funds raised back to supporting the community. During this time, their fundraising efforts are focused on students, employees and their families in Carteret County who were impacted by Hurricane Florence.
“The Carteret County Public School Foundation is very grateful to the Beaufort Wine and Food Board and its supporters for this generous donation,” Ms. Nance said.
“This donation will help us move toward meeting Doris Buffett’s challenge grant, and doubling the money that will directly impact people in true need. All of the Hurricane Florence funds donated to the Foundation are going directly to the students and employees of our school system, and each request is confirmed by principals, teachers and counselors. That makes sure the funds are spent for the intended purpose.”
In addition to the Beer Festival, BWF is already gearing up for its next fundraising event – the 5th Annual Oyster Roast, held November 3rd at Beau Coast in Beaufort. Tickets are now available and more information is available online here.
Proceeds from events go towards BWF’s mission to support local charities and non-profits that strive to improve life in Carteret County. Since its first festival in 2004, BWF has donated over $700,000 to area nonprofits. BWF’s current major community projects: a donation of $100,000 to the construction of the new, state of the art culinary building on the campus of Carteret Community College. This new facility will more than triple the number of students served in the culinary, baking and pastry and hospitality programs and a donation of $50,000 to the construction of the new Salvation Army building in Morehead City.