Festival to raise funds, awareness for families suffering with cystic fibrosis

Drink craft beer, wine, and cider at the Cheers to Michigan Brew Fest and help raise money for a good cause. Financial advisors Waddell & Reed are sponsoring this beer festival at The Deltaplex on Saturday, Sept. 26 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. to benefit Friends & Families of Cystic Fibrosis (FFCF).

The event will include over 20 craft breweries, wineries, and cider mills. Bands Fast Hand Blues Band, Forrester, Jesse Cline & Michael Carnavo, Fled Five, and Pop Cult will provide musical entertainment, along with DJ Jason Veeder.

The goal is to raise awareness and funds for those afflicted with the life-threatening genetic disorder. FFCF is a local nonprofit organization that keeps the funds it raises in the West Michigan region. Those involved in the organization make care packages for children and young adults who are hospitalized with the disease, assist families with medical supplies and equipment that may not be covered by insurance, and help families contending with the disorder with a variety of other costs.

Advance admission is going for $35 and includes entry, 15 tasting tickets, and an FFCF collectible beer mug. Admission at the door will be $45. Tickets are available online. Visit the FFCF website to learn more about the event.

Marie Orttenburger

Marie Orttenburger

An Upper Peninsula native, Marie’s passion for both Michigan and its beer is as bottomless as you wish your next pint to be. Relocating to Grand Rapids in 2010, her love for community, journalism and photography has played an integral role in shaping her professional and daily life. By day, Marie is currently employed as a technical writer/marketer. By night, her dreams are occupied by fields of hops filled with puppies and permeated by the melodies of local music.

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