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Missipi Brew Raises $11,000 for Local Charities By Margaret Stadtwald With the holiday giving season in full swing, the Missipi Brew did their part to give back to the Muscatine community in a series of fundraisers they held from Monday, November 26th through Saturday, November 1st. Over the week, through a variety of creative fundraisers, the Missipi Brew raised $11,000 to divide between four local charities. The week kicked off with a coat drive on Monday, to make sure that all Muscatine’s citizens have warm winter gear to protect them from the elements this season. From Tuesday through Thursday, the Missipi Brew donated a percentage of their profits to the Muscatine Center for Social Action (MCSA) and to the Muscatine Salvation Army. On Friday, for the fifth year in a row, the restaurant held its ever popular bachelor auction. Rather than have volunteers auction themselves off to go on individual dates, the Brew organizes a social outing in January for the highest bidders and their dates to attend. To finish the week, the Missipi Brew held its longest running and most popular fundraiser of the year–its taco eating contest. A Muscatine favorite for almost twenty years, contestants pledge to donate a certain amount of money based on how many tacos they can finish in one go. The event proved as popular as ever. The proceeds for the taco eating contest and the bachelor auction together brought in $8,000, or 73% of the Missipi Brew’s charitable donations for the week. In addition to making donations to MCSA and the Muscatine Salvation Army, the Missipi Brew will also give part of the $11,000 it raised to the Muscatine Police Department’s Shop with a Cop program and Pearl City Outreach. Missipi Brew manager Andrew “Skip” Armstrong shared that he and the restaurant’s other employees chose these charities because they, “are all local charities. We firmly believe that if we raise money, it should stay here in the community and help those in need in town.” Skip and his staff feel very pleased with the amount of money they raised and look forward to supporting their chosen charities with it. Skip shared, “It feels really good [to have raised so much money]. It’s great to give back to the community, because they have been so supportive of us.” While the Missipi Brew’s week of fundraisers takes place only once a year, the restaurant finds ways throughout the year to raise money for good causes around town. Every Tuesday evening, a different group that has requested assistance holds a fundraiser. The Missipi Brew donates twenty percent of its profits made between 5:00 pm and 10:00 pm, giving the fundraiser’s beneficiary a hefty sum to put towards their own mission. All throughout the year, the Missipi Brew pays it forward to all sorts of groups around Muscatine. With their most recent fundraisers, they showed now, more than ever, just how much the Muscatine community means to them and just how much fun everyone can have coming together to help make it a better place.
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