On Sunday, June 28th, NRS’ Associate Board hosted a fundraiser at Lagunitas Brewing Company’s Chicago brewery and taproom. The event was an…

On Sunday, June 28th, NRS’ Associate Board hosted a fundraiser at Lagunitas Brewing Company’s Chicago brewery and taproom. The event was an intimate “beery” brunch in Lagunitas’ special event space. Guests were treated to a breakfast spread, including sweet and savory pancakes from Babycakes food truck, $5 Lagunitas beers, and a raffle. The event space itself was the perfect environment for the ‘Sunday Fun-day.” “The room looks like the basement out of Wayne’s World– it’s the party room we all wish we had growing up, I think,” noted NRS’ Development and Communications Specialist, Ashley Berntgen.

NRS’ Associate Board, a group of young professionals between the ages of 25 and 35, formed in 2013. Since then, the Associate Board has doubled in membership and has hosted a number of new fundraisers, in addition to supporting existing fundraisers such as NRS’ annual Spirit of Youth benefit. “The Associate Board is really invaluable,” says Samantha Owens, NRS’ Community Engagement Specialist and the Associate Board’s staff liaison, “as they expand NRS’ pool of supporters to new audiences that we wouldn’t reach otherwise.”

On the heels of their successful event at Lagunitas, the Associate Board is looking forward to their next “Sunday Fun-day” event at Marty’s Martini Bar on August 23rd. The event will take place from 2pm-5pm, during which NRS will receive 100% of the proceeds from martini purchases.

If you or anyone you know is interested in joining NRS’ Associate Board, please contact Samantha Owens at sowens@1800RUNAWAY.org.

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