A Brewery, A Food Truck, and Live Music to Benefit Flood Victims

A Brewery, A Food Truck, and Live Music to Benefit Flood Victims
First published 6/14/2017

WEST PLAINS, MO – Wages Brew Company (WBCo) announced on the social media website, Facebook, that they are hosting a fundraising event on Friday, June 23rd from 5 to 9 PM to benefit Van Buren, Missouri flood victims. The music is from 7 to 9 PM with no cover charge.

The evening took shape soon after singer Chris Cornell (Soundgarden, Audioslave) passed away earlier this year. “I grew up on grunge rock music – as did many people my age – and I wanted to put together a tribute show for all of the tragic heroes of the genre. I knew that local musician Chris Coats was the perfect person to perform this show, and he brought in Will Brotherton to help – a perfect match, and together they have prepared a ‘Grunge Tribute Show'”, said owner, Phil Wages.

Wages adds, “We then quickly scheduled The Lemonade House Grille food truck (featuring gourmet hamburgers and handmade lemonades) of Van Buren to serve at our taproom during the show. I then put two and two together and I figured we could do a little fundraising while Lemonade House Grille is at our taproom to benefit their home town.” He learned that Southern Bank has a fund set-up for victims of flooding in Van Buren, so he called the West Plains branch of the bank and they graciously agreed to do matching donations up to $250.

WBCo will be donating 10% of their sales plus all their bar tips during the event, and The Lemonade House Grille and the band will both be donating portions of their proceeds as well. Wages adds, “There are two ways people can help”, and he elaborated:

1) You can walk directly into any branch of Southern Bank and say “I’ve heard there’s a flood relief account for Van Buren. I’d like to contribute to that. Who do I talk to?”

2) Attend the special event at the WBCo taproom on June 23rd from 5 to 9 PM, simply make a purchase with us and the Lemonade House Grille, and you’ll automatically be helping out. Take a step further and toss some cash into our tip jar. And remember, all proceeds collected up to $250 will be doubled by Southern Bank! How cool is that?

Wages adds, “I look forward to our community coming together on this evening to help out our neighbors in Van Buren. Our team at the brewery continues to seek more ways we can help West Plains and other communities in the Ozarks hurt by the flooding. If anyone knows of additional ways to donate and help, please contact me at phil (at) wagesbrewco (dot) com or send a PM to the brewery on Facebook. We hope to do more at the brewery as more opportunities arise.”