What’s Crafting A Cure? Five years ago my wife and I started a fundraiser in Cornwall Ontario. You see, between us we have four kids, and two of those have Type 1 Diabetes. One night my wife and I were sitting in the living room watching hockey and enjoying some local craft beer. I remember it was Lug Tread from Beau’s All Natural Brewing. We all had a “gateway beer” and that one was mine. That smooth, crisp lagerred ale with so much flavour changed my whole world. It drew me into this big worldwide community of craft beer lovers, but that’s another story for another day. We were discussing getting more involved in raising money for JDRF. For those of you who don’t know JDRF stands for Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. We discussed a wine and cheese briefly and what we would need to make that happen. Then a light bulb went off, and I thought why not beer? And instead of cheese, how about wings? We reached out to a few friends who are either going through the same issues, or are sentimental to our cause and formed a committee. A half hour later Crafting A Cure was born.
We put some feelers out to some of our local craft breweries. Now to put things in perspective, there weren’t near as many craft breweries across Ontario five years ago that there are now. According to the Ontario Beverage Network www.momandhops.ca Ontario had 85 Craft Breweries. Today there are over 300 across the province if you include the contract breweries.
Our first response came from a good buddy of mine Scotty from Wellington Brewery. He thought it was a great idea and jumped on board right away. Wellington Brewery is located in Guelph Ontario and is Canada’s oldest independently owned micro brewery. It’s also about a 5 hour drive down the highway from Cornwall. So to say it’s local, well local as in an Ontario Brewery yes. But that didn’t matter to them, they wanted in and we were happy to have them. We were soon joined by another 5 breweries that year, and we made our run. We raised $10,000 in 2013 with the support of our community and it would only get bigger.
Five years later we have grown to 15 Ontario Craft Breweries, 1 Ontario Winery, 1 Ontario Cidery and possibly a new Ontario Distillery. The reason why, is they want to get involved. They reach out to us and ask us if they can be a part of our charity event. Not just because they feel it’s a good cause, but because they have made it their business to get involved in their communities. Sometimes they even ask if they can do more, because to them it wasn’t enough to just attend. Rurban Brewing, Wellington Brewery and Sawdust City Brewing have all have made special beer just for our event. Our logo even found it’s way onto one of their cans. Their involvement and level of commitment is unparalleled. This response to their communities isn’t a fad or trend, it’s just the way they do business.
As we approach our fifth annual event, having raised over $70,000 to date I want to say thank you. Thank you to all our sponsors, the community who turn out for the event, and you our Craft Breweries, Cideries, Wineries and Distilleries. A huge thumbs up and high-five for all you do in your communities. As an organizer of a grass-roots charity event, we couldn’t have come this far without you. As a parent of children growing up with Type 1, I can’t thank you enough for the money you’ve helped us raise in our fight against Juvenile Diabetes.
Do you want to know more about Crafting A Cure, find us at www.facebook.com/craftingacure/