A large crowd attended enjoyed the festivities of Adirondack Pub & Brewery's Oktoberfest held recently in Lake George — and those participating not only had fun, they raised a substantial sum to help those less fortunate.
LAKE GEORGE A crowd packed the Adirondack Pub and Brewery on Oct. 19 for a festive Oktoberfest event to sample craft beer, celebrate the season with German music and food — and raise money for charity.
The money now is going to help local families who aren’t having such a good time — families enduring stressful circumstances.
A check for $5,020, representing the proceeds of Adirondack Brewery’s Oktoberfest, were donated this week to the Family Service Association of Glens Falls, which helps area individuals and families in a variety of ways.
The agency provides food, dental care, prescriptions and other special needs for those undergoing emergencies. They also offer a wide range of services to help people get through hardships, whether it’s unexpected job loss or serious illness, injury or accident. Their services also include providing shoes, and food for needy children, supplies for newborns, and screening for vision and hearing.
Adirondack Pub & Brewery founder John Carr deferred credit to those who attended the event and the 15 craft breweries that donated their beer for the occasion.
“We owe much of the event’s success to the brewers — they really brought something special to the event,” he said, adding that the pub's Oktoberfest showcased some of the great beer produced regionally.
Carr said he was “incredibly pleased” with the turnout.
Family Service Association’s Executive Director Joanne Grinnell said she and her assistant Dawn Sumner and several agency board members were pleased to serve at the event, allowing them the opportunity to tell people about the services their agency provides for area families.
“This event was festive and very well put together,” Grinnell said. “We thank all those who donated to and participated in this Brewfest.”
This "Oktoberfest for Charity" is held annually on the Saturday after Columbus Day at the Adirondack Pub & Brewery. Each year a different local, non-profit organization is selected to receive the event’s proceeds.
During late fall and winter, Adirondack Pub & Brewery is open Friday through Sunday beginnning at noon and conducts brewery tours Tuesday and Fridays at 4 p.m. and Saturdays at 11:30 a.m.