Proceeds will benefit more than 8,300 students at 35 Lutheran schools in the St. Louis Metro Area
St. Louis, MO (Nov. 2, 2015) More than 1,500 guests helped raise a record-breaking $150,000 for Lutheran schools at LESA's 3rd Annual "Brew in the Lou & Fine Wine Too" Festival, held Saturday, Oct. 17 on the grounds of Concordia Seminary. The event raised $75,000 in revenue, which increased to $150,000 thanks to matching funds from Lutheran Foundation of St. Louis.
This year's festival featured more than 70 food, beverage and craft vendors. Guests also voted for their favorite home brew and chili. "Cinnamon Pecan Ale," brewed by Anna Rozanski, won first place in the People's Choice Home Brew Competition. Second place was earned by Katie Wells, Our Redeemer Lutheran School for her "Oktoberfest," and third place went to Tracy and Matt Wiggenhorn for their "Chocolate Toasted Coconut Porter."
The Salem Men's Club's "Manly Man’s Chili" won the Chili Cook-off. Entertainment included the Deustchmeister German Brass Band and Rev. Dr. Matthew Harrison's & The Have Nots.
Supporters who missed the event can still contribute to Lutheran education. Generous donors will match event day revenue and post-event gifts through December 31, 2015. These gifts will then be matched a second time by Lutheran Foundation of St. Louis for a 4:1 match. Employer matching gifts can make an even greater impact, creating an 8:1 match. Proceeds will benefit the 8,300 children enrolled in 35 Lutheran schools in the bi-state area.
“It’s a great time to make an impact gift for Lutheran education,” said Sue Nahmensen, LESA's CEO. To contribute, visit www.lesastl.org, or call 314-268-1525.