Crooked Can fundraiser to aid Special Olympics

Two specialty beers are being renamed for the 10-day fundraiser to raise awareness of Special Olympics athletes.

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How about a beer to quench your thirst and to benefit a nonprofit at the same time?

Special Olympics Florida and the Crooked Can Brewing Company, in downtown Winter Garden, are partnering Oct. 25 through Nov. 3 to give area beer fans a chance to support the local chapter of the national organization and raise awareness of its athletes.

“This is the first year that we’ve done something with Crooked Can, but we’re really excited about it,” said Lori Newcomb, vice president of development for Special Olympics Florida. “We approached them, and they were absolutely open to doing something with us. … They’re a great local partner.”

Two of Crooked Can’s specialty beers are temporarily being renamed to fall in line with the mission of Special Olympics: to provide year-round sports training and competition in Olympic-type sports for people with intellectual disabilities, giving them opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in the sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with other Special Olympics athletes and the community.

On Thursday, Oct. 25, Crooked Can and the Plant Street Market are offering a special $20 ticket for a pizza from Michael Ali’s Coal Fired Pizza­­ and two beers. From Oct. 25 through Saturday, Nov. 3, $1 from each specialty beer purchase will be donated to Special Olympics Florida.

Several SO staff members will be on hand to share information about the organization.

Such fundraisers are important in helping the organization to serve more than 47,000 athletes across the state, allowing them to experience inclusion.

“We are proud to partner with Crooked Can for this wonderful event that will help bring awareness of our organization to their patrons,” Newcomb said. “We have many athletes that reside in the West Orange area, and we are excited for Crooked Can’s involvement that will contribute to Special Olympics Florida, not only in raising funds for our athletes but also community support of our mission.”



Amy Quesinberry

Community Editor Amy Quesinberry was born at the old West Orange Memorial Hospital and raised in Winter Garden. Aside from earning her journalism degree from the University of Georgia, she hasn’t strayed too far from her hometown and her three-mile bubble. She grew up reading The Winter Garden Times and knew in the eighth grade she wanted to write for her community newspaper. She has been part of the writing and editing team since 1990.

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