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These days it seems as if everything we do or our children do, costs us. The costs are sometimes hidden away in what are called fundraising opportunities that are just ways to cover the extra fees that are needed to begin or keep functioning a place of opportunity. Even the public schools today have us buying this and that to support extracurricular activities, or even classes like band and art that should be available to children no matter what.

So, should it really be a surprise to us that there was a recent fundraising effort that took place right in good ole’ Wheaton, Illinois, that will allow a new brewery to open its doors? That is the latest and greatest way to raise money to open or expand a business – hold a fundraiser – either online or in person!

Well, as Jennifer Fisher (Editor) of the Wheaton Patch relayed from the Daily Herald, the fundraising efforts were successful. Dry City Brew will be able to open its doors because they reached their pledge amount of $16,582.

It is all well and good that this brewery will be able to begin their location on Main Street, offering the Wheaton crowd a variety of craft beers to enjoy. It just seems that fundraising for a ‘profit’ organization somehow takes away from the real reason that most of us understand why such funds are required; to do good works for those that are unable to do for themselves.

Perhaps that notion is a bit melodramatic, but it is certainly much more rewarding giving to Jack’s Army than it is to raise money for an establishment that will promote simple fun and entertainment. It’s just a thought.

While the name “Dry City Brew Works” was derived from the town’s history to ban alcohol sales in 1887, not issuing its first liquor license for almost 100 years from that date, one truly has to wonder if the reason for the fundraiser is to raise funds for an organization that may not be welcomed by all.

The idea of a family operation is true to the Wheaton spirit, and the idea of microbreweries is cropping up all over the place, it is just that many people think of fundraisers as helping with something truly needed – not so much as wanted.

They do have a good spirit in mind by trying to invite the younger generation to Wheaton and to revitalize the town, so let’s hope that this fundraiser helps them do the trick.

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