Turning Ale into Altruism
Tröegs Brewing Company prides itself in partnering with local charitable organizations through donations of not only its hand-crafted beer and other brewery merchandise, but also valuable time and monetary support. Brothers Chris and John Trogner, owners of Tröegs, are natives of Central PA and endeavor to make a positive impact on the local community. With such close ties to the surrounding area, our brewery tends to focus on initiatives that impact our community directly. Some organizations and events we partner with include:
The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation of Central PA
Since 2004, Tröegs has partnered with The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation of Central PA to organize The Harrisburg Brewers Fest. Since its inception, the event has raised more than $1,000,000 to fund Cystic Fibrosis research. Recent efforts, in particular, were felt on a more personal level, as a new drug used to treat lung damage was released and reversed the effects of a young Harrisburg patient’s lung damage caused by Cystic Fibrosis. It is the goal of The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation to cure the most common Cystic Fibrosis genetic disorders in five years through drugs that are currently in the clinical trial phase. Many of the brewery’s co-workers volunteer for the event, and even outside volunteers participate to help make the event an on-going success year after year.
The Gift of Life Donor Program
On January 21, 2011, Tröegs was dealt a devastating blow when it lost one of its employees, Danny Glover, in a fatal car accident. If a tragedy like Danny’s death could indeed have a silver lining, it happened when Danny’s parents agreed to donate his organs to the Gift of Life organ donation program. At least five people benefitted from Danny’s donation, including his Little League baseball coach who received Danny’s liver. Furthermore, Tröegs produced a Scratch beer called “Danny’s IPA” and $10 of every case sold at the brewery went directly to the Gift of Life Donor Program.
The Eagle Fund
On September 9, 2012, Tröegs partnered with the Central PA-based aquatic therapy company, HydroWorx, to organize the first-ever Underwater Marathon to benefit The Eagle Fund, an organization providing wounded American soldiers access to high quality care. Over 200 runners participated in the marathon, including a dozen U.S. servicemen who traveled from around the country just to participate. Tröegs very own Bob Read, a brewery tour guide, participated in the marathon. To commemorate the event, Tröegs brewed a special Scratch beer called Special HOPS Ale, and portions of the beer’s proceeds were donated to The Eagle Fund. When all was said and done, the Underwater Marathon raised $350,000 for the Eagle Fund. With the money raised from the event, The Eagle Fund is able to assist fifty wounded warriors with necessary care and rehabilitation.
Capital Area Greenbelt Association
Tröegs actively works with The Capital Area Greenbelt Association (CAGA), a volunteer organization dedicated to supporting, maintaining and improving the Capital Area Greenbelt, a Millennium Trail in South-Central PA featuring twenty miles of paths for walking, biking or hiking. One of CAGA’s popular annual events, Tour de Belt, helps to support over two decades of restoration and completion efforts of one of our nation’s oldest greenways.
American Cancer Society
Tröegs Brewing Company partners with The American Cancer Society to organize the Farm to Table Dinner, an open-air dining experience featuring fresh ingredients sourced directly from local farms and farmers’ markets. The annual event is held at Strites' Orchard and Farm Market in Harrisburg, PA, and features a menu prepared by award-winning chefs that features a variety of seasonal ingredients and flavors paired with local artisan beverages.
Since 2001, Tröegs has sponsored the Capital City Adventure Challenge in conjunction with the East Shore YMCA. This demanding event tests the physical and mental abilities of participants through a rigorous 4+ hour series of trials across exciting on- and off-road terrain throughout the Harrisburg region. Many volunteers assist participants throughout the day and guide them along each event's course. Afterwards, there is a post-race party held for participants and volunteers featuring Tröegs beer and a variety of food from local restaurants and markets. All proceeds from the Capital City Adventure Challenge benefit youth and family programs at the East Shore YMCA.
Other Organizations & Charities
- The United Way
- The SPCA / Humane Society
- Goodwill Industries
- National Multiple Sclerosis Society
- Harrisburg Symphony
- Ned Smith Center for Nature & Art
- ALS Therapy Development Institute
While there are indeed countless worthy causes, it is impossible to help them all. Due to the volume of requests we receive on a daily basis, we unfortunately must limit our resources to those charities and causes we feel benefit the community most. These are organizations that Tröegs and its employees hold closest to heart. With that in mind, we have established the following guidelines when considering the eligibility of organizations seeking donations or monetary contributions.
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