National Runaway Safeline’s Associate Board hosted a fun and successful Beer n’ Brunch event on June 20th at Lagunitas Brewing’s…
National Runaway Safeline’s Associate Board hosted a fun and successful Beer n’ Brunch event on June 20th at Lagunitas Brewing’s Pilsen taproom. Guests enjoyed gourmet savory and sweet pancakes from local food truck Babycakes, which they washed down with a variety of Lagunitas’ tasty suds, the proceeds from which came directly back to NRS. As NRS and Lagunitas’ Chicago offices continue to forge a relationship (the brewery will host a beer station at our 2015 Spirit of Youth annual benefit), we want to learn more about the brewery and its inclination towards community involvement. Lagunitas On-Site Events Coordinator/Beery Godmother Laura Perlman was recently kind enough to shed some light on the subject.
“It’s not about Lagunitas, it’s about the nonprofit”, says Laura. “We want our logo to be the smallest one on someone’s invitations”. These words perfectly sum up Lagunitas Brewing Company’s attitude towards philanthropy and community and involvement. While the drive to enrich the communities in which they operate via nonprofit support is an attitude that permeates Lagunitas from the top down and has since its inception 21 years ago, it is not something the brewery prefers to brag about.
Enter the National Runaway Safeline. Perlman confirms that Lagunitas aligns itself with organizations who offer services and support to animals and youth, which makes NRS an ideal organization to support. Lagunitas makes an effort to cater to Junior and Associate boards by not mandating a minimum and with hopes of giving them an opportunity to demonstrate to both staff and the Board of Directors how valuable their efforts are. In regards to the NRS Junior Board, Perlman says, “I was really impressed with how on top of things they were. Jorie [Braunold] was really awesome. Her passion for NRS is kind of contagious, I would say.”
NRS is thrilled with the turnout at last month’s Associate Board Beer n’ Brunch event and looks forward to welcoming Lagunitas as a beverage partner on November 12th at Spirit of Youth 2015.
Tickets are now on sale. Cheers!