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Perseverance: Ohio Restaurant Association and local brewers team up to support restaurant workers

Perseverance: Ohio Restaurant Association and local brewers team up to support restaurant workers

Nicholas Youngblood

A promotion from local breweries will help Columbus residents raise a glass while they raise funds for restaurant workers.

The Ohio Restaurant Association launched a new campaign August 17 to raise $30,000 in 30 days for service industry workers through its Ohio Restaurant Employee Relief Fund. In addition to asking for direct donations, the ORA is collaborating with eight central Ohio breweries to help raise money through “Perseverance” brews–unique beers to each location whose sales will benefit the fund.

“With sales continuously down month-after-month across the industry in most sectors, employees need assistance now more than ever,” John Barker, president and CEO of the ORA, said in a press release. “We must all work together to support those who have served us for years and help make Ohio’s restaurant, foodservice and hospitality industry vibrant again.”

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Breweries participating in the “Perseverance” promotion include Outerbelt, Combustion Brewing, Three Tigers Brewing Company, Land-Grant Brewing, Zaftig Brewing, DankHouse Brewing Company, Seventh Son Brewing Company, and Grove City Brewing Co. Each brewery’s “Perseverance” beer features a different flavor and profile. Some, such as Three Tigers’ and DankHouse’s, have already sold out.

The fundraising effort is the latest push to support workers whose industry was flattened by COVID-19. Since its launch in April, the fund has raised over $300,000 and assisted over 1,000 applicants, according to ORA manager of media and communications Homa Moheimani. Donations can be made directly online at the Ohio Restaurant Employee Relief Fund website here.
All funds raised will benefit employees in the restaurant, food service, or hospitality industry, and can be used toward housing, living, or medical expenses. Displaced workers hoping to apply for funds must prove their previous employment and fill out an application at the Ohio Restaurant Employee Relief Fund website here.

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