By Zach Chouteau
The nonprofit Richmond Promise hosted a special evening of appreciation at East Brother Beer Co. on Canal Blvd. Wednesday night, giving thanks to the dedicated teachers of the city as well as the strong community support.
Guest bartenders at the evening shindig—officially called ‘Cheers for the Promise!— included Richmond Mayor Tom Butt, Richmond Councilman Jael Myrick, West Contra Costa Unified School District Superintendent Matthew Duffy, Richmond City Manager Bill Lindsay and Contra Costa College President Mojdeh Mehdizadeh.
A large and festive turnout packed the brewery’s tap room, with plenty of Richmonders arriving with their pooches in tow to the pet-friendly establishment. The Curbside Kitchen food truck was on hand as well, serving up tasty tacos and other pub fare. Raffle giveaways and even a little ukulele band added to the fun.
An on-site banner gave a shout-out to the Richmond Promise’s major funder Chevron, as well as institutional partners the City of Richmond, Contra Costa College, California State University and the University of California-Berkeley. The organization’s Executive Director, Jessie Stewart, also thanked event-goers and other supporters in a short speech that brought a rousing cheer from the audience.
All tips from the event, from both the tap room and food truck went towards the Richmond Promise Scholarship Fund, which aspires to provide every college-going high school senior from Richmond with up to $1,500 yearly to attend a two-year or four-year college or university, or Career Technical Education Program.
The Richmond Promise was launched in 2014 by the Richmond City Council, which earmarked $35 million from a $90 million community benefits agreement with the Chevron Richmond Refinery associated with the $1 billion Chevron Richmond Modernization Project.
More than just a scholarship platform, the Richmond Promise is dedicated to partnering with entities like the City of Richmond, Contra Costa College and WCCUSD to foster a heritage of college graduation among local students. Find out more at their website, www.richmondpromise.org.