Dogfish Head, Cigar City, and Funky Buddha have all donated bottles to support the Stoneman Douglas Victims Fund.
This Sunday, Florida's Parkland Country Club will hold a food and drink-themed silent auction to benefit Broward Education Foundation’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas fund for victims of the February's tragic school shooting in Parkland, FL, and some major names in the craft beer industry have lent their support. The We Are Stoneman Douglas auction is open to online bidding and features an array of donated goods and services. In the wine and liquor category, there are bottles of Cabernet Sauvignon, GlenLivet 18, and Hennesy available to bid on, but for beer fans there are two lots that are especially noteworthy.
The first is a collection of over 50 bottles of beer, many rare and vintage (see the full list here) from a couple dozen breweries. The bottles were donated courtesy of brewers like Allagash, 7venth Sun, Ballast Point, Stone Brewing Company, and Odell, and "nearly all of these bottles are signed by brewers and founders like Sam Calagione of Dogfish Head, Michael Kane of Kane Brewing, Joey Redner of Cigar City, and much more," according to the item description. As of this writing, the bid is currently up to $2,450.
A second beer-filled lot comes courtesy of Oakland Park, Florida-based Funky Buddha Brewery and includes eight of the beermaker's rarest beers, all signed by co-founders Ryan and KC Sentz. That lot is currently bidding at $500.
“This has been an amazing show of support and solidarity from brewers around the country, most of whom signed on and contributed unbelievable beers within minutes,” Ryan Sentz, co-founder of Funky Buddha Brewery and a graduate of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School told BeerPulse. “Although this tragedy was horrific beyond words, we can take heart in the incredible response from the community and others that shows we have the strength and bravery to rise above it and make a true difference in people’s lives.”
The 50-plus item auction also includes restaurant packages, apparel, golf outings, cruises, and hotel stays, all donated by regional businesses. Items can be bid on through Sunday, April 8, however, due to regulations, the beer and other lots must be picked up locally.
To see all of the items and make a donation, visit the We Are Stoneman Douglas auction website.