Eli Cannon's Tap Room made a generous donation of $2,250 to Oddfellows on August 21. The donation was from the Beer Godz Beer Fest on Monday August 5. It was the third year in a row that the Beer Fest benefited the Playhouse.
“Oddfellows Playhouse and the Children's Circus are a vibrant piece of Middletown. This is a great way to help support a local arts organization that has a huge impact on a lot of children. It's not about us, it's about all of us" said Phil Ouellette, owner of Eli Cannon's.
Ouellette says in today's employment market, young people have to really stand out from the crowd of people vying for the same job and public speaking and other social skills, such as "how you animate yourself," give them a leg up on the competition in addition to confidence.
Last year's Beer Gods netted $1,000, with Ouellette making a personal donation of $500.
Matt Pugliese, executive director of Oddfellows, says the funds will "cover nearly all the royalties for the year. Every play we do, we pay out a certain number of royalties, which allows us to do five plays."
Events such as Beer Gods, Pugliese says, is "mutually beneficial. None of us can exist without the other."