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Sandy Hook Elementary LIF

Discussion in 'Beer It Forward' started by cfh64, Dec 19, 2012.

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  1. cfh64

    cfh64 Champion (785) Texas Aug 16, 2005 Verified

    As everyone knows on Friday Dec 14th the town of Newtown, CT was struck by a horrible tragedy. 20 children and 6 adults were massacred in an act of senseless violence. Not only did the victims lose their lives but the lives of those who knew them and even those that didn't will never be the same. Parents, grandparents, brothers, sisters, aunts and uncles, cousins, friends, first responders, etc will be forever scarred by this destruction of life.

    Personally, I don't have children but now everytime I drive by a play ground or see a young child I can't help but get choked up thinking of what happened. I can't even comprehend what the families of the victims are going through but I would like to assist in anyway possible.

    Therefore, I am starting this LIF to help support the victims, families, and town of Newtown, CT. For the main prize I will be giving away one bottle of King Henry, CCB Imperial Sweet Stout, and a RR Beatification B5 along with a few other TX goodies and potentially wants to whoever wins the LIF. I will also include a "runner up" box of TX beers and possibly some wants.

    This is for the lower 48 only please. I have a list of charities to choose from. Choose any of the charities to donate to and for every $10 you donate I will enter your name into the drawing (ie $10 your name goes in once, $20 twice, etc). You are only eligible to win one of the two boxes. The first name drawn will win the main prize and the second name drawn will win the runner up box. I have yet to figure out a way to hold the random drawing where everyone can see it so you will have to trust me (check my history on BA and I hope I go to Hell if I intentionally rig a drawing for a cause like this). BM me a photo of the receipt, screen shot, evidence, etc of how much you donated and to which charity. Feel free to exclude CC number but your name may be necessary to prove the donation, just use common sense. I would like to keep this open until Jan 10th. The drawing will be on Jan 11th.

    This is so tough because there are so many charities I wish we could give to all of them but here are a few I found. Feel free to choose any charity but I after watching an interview on CNN last night (link included) I think it would be more personable to donate to Noah's Ark. Click on link to find out more.

    Noah's Ark of Hope Fund (fund set up directly for victims siblings who were in same school)


    Newtown Parent Connection
    Newtown Memorial Fund
    Sandy Hook School Support Fund
    My Sandy Hook Family Fund https://www.everribbon.com/ribbon/view/10076

    There are multiple other charities, including charities specifically for the individual victims and their families (see Noahs Ark above) If you find one that you would like to donate to please BM with a link so I can confirm. If I do ok it, I will post the link in the thread so others can donate to that charity if they choose. * Please do your DD before donating to a charity, unfortunately there have been confirmed reports of people setting up fake charities for this cause.

    I would hope that something as trivial as beer isn't the reason you donate to this cause but think of the beers as a "thank you" from me to you for helping these victims and their families. Thanks in advance to everyone who donates.

  2. Sarlacc83

    Sarlacc83 Advocate (630) Oregon Mar 2, 2008

    I'm in.
  3. cfh64

    cfh64 Champion (785) Texas Aug 16, 2005 Verified

    Alert!!!!!!!! A very generous BA, whom many of us are already familiar with ;) and wishes to remain anonymous has graciously donated 1 Bourbon County Cherry Rye, 2 BBPT5th and 2 BCBS to the main prize! Thank you sir!

    Edit: If it's easier for anyone to show proof of donation through regular email just send it to [email protected] and title it Sandy Hook donation. Be sure to include your BA name and I'll send you a confirmation via BM. Just give some time, it's just me, thanks.
  4. TWStandley

    TWStandley Champion (785) Massachusetts Jan 15, 2008 Verified

    Done and Done...very admirable for you to do this.

    Thoughts and prayers to the families.
  5. DaveHack

    DaveHack Advocate (625) Pennsylvania Mar 28, 2011 Verified


    Your sir are an awesome BA, awesome person, and just a hell of a guy.

  6. NJOssie

    NJOssie Savant (275) New Jersey Feb 28, 2012

    thanks for doing this Brad... My brother is not far from there and the amount of texts and calls I got that day asking if he and my nephew were ok really hit me
  7. DSlim71

    DSlim71 Savant (495) New Jersey Mar 3, 2010

    Great to see this type of thread, I ran one a few months back and raised over $500 for Leukemia & Lymphoma thanks to our generous BA brethren.

    I ended up filming the drawing and posting it to youtube so people could watch it if they felt the need to. It worked fine and did not have any issues with it. Here's a link to it if you'd like to check it out: http://beeradvocate.com/community/t...donations-to-a-great-cause.45155/#post-579401

    edit: I'll be donating tonight, my work computer is blocking the donation site for some reason.
  8. NJOssie

    NJOssie Savant (275) New Jersey Feb 28, 2012

    couldn't get it to go through for Noah so I did the United Way one.. email sent
  9. cfh64

    cfh64 Champion (785) Texas Aug 16, 2005 Verified

  10. funkyaudio

    funkyaudio Advocate (520) Illinois Feb 14, 2009 Verified

    Donated and BM'd awesome ideal :). What a great way to raise money for a great cause.
  11. Penguin3200

    Penguin3200 Savant (355) Minnesota Dec 28, 2008 Verified

    Donated and BM sent. Awesome and important idea.
  12. MordorMongo

    MordorMongo Initiate (0) Jul 19, 2009

    As someone with a child the same age as those tragically taken from their parents and their futures, thanks. Sincere, whole-hearted thanks.

    One thing I want to say to everyone....not against guns in any way and I don't think guns per se were the cause here....that said, please keep your weapons locked and safe and make sure they are always accounted for. I am all for the right to bear arms, but please be responsible. And please if you want to give me shit for this comment do so privately and let this thread be what it is, an awesome gesture for a needed cause.
  13. cfh64

    cfh64 Champion (785) Texas Aug 16, 2005 Verified

    Thanks for posting this Scott, everyone pleeeeeeeeeeease keep this in mind. I want to keep this thread positive and non confrontational. Thanks!
  14. RedBeeron

    RedBeeron Savant (260) California Jul 7, 2012

    Webcam + google hangout seems legit for a live drawing.

    I'll be donating tonight.
  15. cfh64

    cfh64 Champion (785) Texas Aug 16, 2005 Verified

    I can look into it but I'm so computer illiterate it's not even funny. My home computer is jacked, can an iPad support that kind of hook up? I also looked into random.org but I believe that requires email addresses. If anyone knows of any other websites that will do a random draw I don't mind assigning numbers or whatever and paying a small fee. Any and all ideas welcome.
  16. stxSS07

    stxSS07 Initiate (0) Illinois Nov 23, 2010

    Fantastic idea! If I can find $10 in change around here I'm in.
  17. NJOssie

    NJOssie Savant (275) New Jersey Feb 28, 2012

    Brad, I think anyone donating is probably a stand up person and would be cool with the honor system. I trust you as I know this was a selfless act by you.
  18. Donated and forwarded my e-mail confirmation to you. Although I'm not a parent yet, my heart aches for everybody that was involved in this tragedy. It's just a waste of pure and innocent life. Anyway, I just wanted to say thank you for bringing these charities to our attention. It really means a lot and I'm glad that I could be a part of this.
  19. tut2528

    tut2528 Savant (475) Illinois Sep 26, 2008

    You sir, are one hell of a BA.

    I will donate tonight, but please do NOT put my name into the drawing. Personally, I do not feel that winning the beers is the reward. Awesome LIF brother.
  20. cfh64

    cfh64 Champion (785) Texas Aug 16, 2005 Verified

    Thanks for the confidence. There are so many potential issues with doing the drawing. Sure I could possibly do a webcam, it would be more fun, but who's to say I put everyone's names in for each time they donated $10? Basically, filming doesn't confirm my honesty, it just adds to the fun. Again, there is no way I would ever not be fair and honest. I have tried to think of other ways to validate the drawing (ie have another BA do it, I wish I could find a judge to do it,etc) but who's to say I still didn't have an influence?

    This is something I rarely bring up because I think for the most part its insignificant but if it matters to anyone I am a FF/Paramedic and have been for 10+ years. I'm not an angel by any means but honesty and integrity are something I strongly value. I also think the people on this site who know me personally or have traded with me can confirm that.

    On a side note, many people have told me "thank you for doing this". I'm not the one to thank, all I'm doing is giving away about $50 worth of beer to help support families and a community in need outside of our own. I appreciate the thanks but thank yourselves and everyone else who donates to the cause.
  21. cfh64

    cfh64 Champion (785) Texas Aug 16, 2005 Verified

    I gotchya but like I said I hope no one is donating just for the beer. I don't view it as a reward, I view it as a thankyou. If you change your mind you're more than welcome to enter, just let me know.
  22. tut2528

    tut2528 Savant (475) Illinois Sep 26, 2008

    Absolutely, man. Love the fact that your being proactive with this and I know that nothing but Good will come out of this thread.
  23. cfh64

    cfh64 Champion (785) Texas Aug 16, 2005 Verified

    Alert!!!!!! Another very generous BA, who again wishes to remain anonymous, has offered to send a miscellaneous box of beer to a 3rd place winner! You know who you are, thank you!
  24. Pelican5

    Pelican5 Savant (365) California Feb 4, 2012 Verified

    Kudos to you Brad for hosting such an epic random act(s) of kindness. You sir are aces!
  25. Pelican5

    Pelican5 Savant (365) California Feb 4, 2012 Verified

    Donation made, BM sent. Cheers ~
  26. match1112

    match1112 Initiate (0) Illinois Mar 2, 2011

    I have to agree with everyone else and say that you are a top notch guy that deserves nothing but the best in the future for having such an awesome LIF.
  27. cfh64

    cfh64 Champion (785) Texas Aug 16, 2005 Verified

    ANOTHER ALERT!!!! Wow, another generous BA from CA (not sure if he wishes to remain anonymous) has offered to send a box to a 4th place winner. Thanks buddy!

    As of now, we have a total of 13 donations, keep up the great generosity guys and gals :)
  28. cfh64

    cfh64 Champion (785) Texas Aug 16, 2005 Verified

    ALERT!!!!! Here we go again. Since this BA is indifferent, I like to give props when appropriate. ILOVESTOUTS (from CT) will be donating a generous box of CT only beers to the 5th place winner. I think thats an awesome idea and appreciate your thoughtfulness ILOVESTOUTS. So now, FIVE different people will be receiving a thank you box.

    Thanks again to all of you :)
  29. MordorMongo

    MordorMongo Initiate (0) Jul 19, 2009

    This is spectacular.
  30. cneville

    cneville Savant (300) Ohio Sep 16, 2010

    This is really great.
  31. EgadBananas

    EgadBananas Champion (865) Louisiana Mar 18, 2009 Verified

    Awesome shit man! Donation made! Cheers!
  32. JAXSON

    JAXSON Savant (475) Pennsylvania Dec 15, 2005

    Cheers to you...I should start doing more stuff like this.
  33. mattisloco

    mattisloco Advocate (500) Texas Feb 13, 2007 Verified

    If you're in this and worried about the drawing... the beer... Brads color of underwear that particular evening... You just might be in this for the wrong reasons. Brad is a stand up guy helping all of us be slightly more intrigued to helping for a good cause.

    If it helps or makes anyone feel any better I will drive the 45min to Brads house just to record the drawing of names and post to youtube. I have donated to an above charity and another a charity through my work place. My reward is feeling good and happy I'm able to contribute what I could. On top of that I am rewarded by somewhat knowing Brad and I'm proud someone in my area has the heart to offer up what he has. I've heard it several times, "Beer People Are Good People", thanks for being good people Brad!
  34. cfh64

    cfh64 Champion (785) Texas Aug 16, 2005 Verified

    If your off that day it would be great, we could crack open a nice bottle and do the drawing in honor of the victims.
  35. cfh64

    cfh64 Champion (785) Texas Aug 16, 2005 Verified

    Here we goooo...ALERT: A generous and anonymous BA, will add a Twilight of the Idols and Arthur to the first runner up box with my TX beers and possible wants. Thank you kindly :). Truly amazing generosity on this site.
  36. cfh64

    cfh64 Champion (785) Texas Aug 16, 2005 Verified

    One More ALERT for the day: Penguin3200 will ship a box of Minnesota goodness to the 6th place winner. Can't thank you enough Penguin!

    LAST ALERT for today: Davey101, from CT, will be donating a box for the 7th place winner. Thanks Davey, very very very generous from a great BA (as is everyone participating).

    I'll try to clean all of this up over the next day or two but so far I have been floored at the amount of generosity. Thank you all!
  37. please allow me to donate a bottle or two.

    to OP this is a rad LIF! Further proof of the great people on here using beer as a catalyst to do great things for others in hard times.
  38. raffy313

    raffy313 Savant (450) Texas Dec 15, 2010 Verified

    Brad, I think your reputation on this site alone speaks for itself. If anyone on here doubts your integrity, I, as someone who personally knows you, will vouche for the type of person you are. One of the most generous BA's I know, who's heart, I have absolutely no doubt, is in the right place.

    Thanks to your LIF I took a couple minutes out of my night to donate to the Noah's Ark of Hope Fund. Something I've been meaning to do anyway since this terrible tragedy occured, I've just been too busy lately to search out reputable Sandy Hook Relief funds.

    I won't be entering this LIF, as I'm sure knowing Brad might cause a conflict of interest. A special thanks go out to everyone who took the time to donated, and good luck winning beers, guys! Just remember, this is about something way more relevant than beer.
  39. cfh64

    cfh64 Champion (785) Texas Aug 16, 2005 Verified

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    cfh64 Champion (785) Texas Aug 16, 2005 Verified

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