Teachers and counselors will be celebrated at East Brother Beer Co. in Richmond on Wednesday, Sept. 27, when the brewery hosts the first “Cheers for the Promise!” event.
East Brother Beer Co. has partnered with the Richmond Promise college scholarship and success program to kick off the school year with a “teacher appreciation and community celebration.”
From 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the brewery’s tap room at 1001 Canal Blvd., there will be giveaways, discounts for teachers and brews served by guest bartenders such as Richmond Mayor Tom Butt, Richmond Councilman Jael Myrick, West Contra Costa Unified Superintendent Matthew Duffy, Richmond City Manager Bill Lindsay and Contra Costa College President Mojdeh Mehdizadeh.
Food will be available from local food truck Curbside Kitchen, which along with East Brother Beer Co. is donating all their tips to the Richmond Promise Scholarship Fund.
The Richmond Promise, now an independent 501c3, was established in 2014 by Richmond City Council, which set aside $35 million from a $90 million community benefits agreement with the Chevron Richmond Refinery connected to the ongoing, $1 billion Chevron Richmond Modernization Project.
The program aims to provide every college-going high school senior from Richmond with up to $1,500 annually to attend a 2-year or 4-year college or university, or Career Technical Education Program. Additionally, the Promise provides support in financial aid applications and college preparedness and serves as a home base of support for college students through degree completion.
In its first two years, more than 500 seniors were celebrated for becoming scholarship recipients. Officials hope the program will continue to grow and inspire a college-going and college graduating culture in Richmond.