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Beer to the Rescue

Hollaine Hopkins

For those of you who liked our Beer to the Rescue event last year, we are continuing it in 2016!  YIPPI!

2016 Charity campaign brings award-winning brewers together to raise funds for the Lupus Foundation of Southern California

Tuesday, April 19, 2016 5:00 p.m..

Gordon Biersch Brewing Co. 5010 Mission Center Rd San Diego 92108

After several years of life-impacting suffering, Hernández was diagnosed with Lupus in 2014. Rather than simply be a victim, he decided to invoke the strength of San Diego’s renowned brewing community to make a positive difference for people living with Lupus. “Most people have heard about Lupus or know someone who suffers from it, but few know anything beyond the name of this autoimmune disease—what it is, its effect on those who have it or the fact that it is severely under-researched,” says Hernández. “It affects a large number of people in the U.S., yet there isn’t even a test to determine whether someone has Lupus, nor are there Lupus-specific drugs to help people live with this lifelong condition. This needs to change and, thanks to the compassion, energy and generosity of the craft breweries participating in Beer to the Rescue, 2015 holds a great deal of promise for those so ably assisted by the LFSC and the positive initiatives the agency is integrally involved with.”

The following is a list of the brewing companies participating in the Beer to the Rescue campaign. Most will produce beers, while others with more limited brewing capacity will take part in various other ways such as donations, special events and making the LFSC a featured charity at their public venues.

32 North Brewing Co., Miramar

AleSmith Brewing Co., Miramar

Amplified Ale Works, Pacific Beach

Aztec Brewery, Vista

Bagby Beer Co., Oceanside

Ballast Point Brewing & Spirits, Little Italy

Benchmark Brewing Co., Grantville

Bolt Brewery, La Mesa

Coronado Brewing Co., Coronado

Council Brewing Co., Kearny Mesa

Green Flash Brewing Co., Mira Mesa

Intergalactic Brewing Co., Miramar

Iron Fist Brewing Co., Vista

Lightning Brewery, Poway

Mike Hess Brewing Co., North Park

Monkey Paw Pub & Brewery, East Village

Mother Earth Brew Co., Vista

New English Brewing Co., Sorrento Valley

Nickel Beer Co., Julian

Pizza Port, Solana Beach

Port Brewing Co. / The Lost Abbey / The Hop Concept, San Marcos

Rip Current Brewing Co., San Marcos

Societe Brewing Co., Kearny Mesa

Stone Brewing Co., Escondido

Toolbox Brewing Co., Vista

URBN St. Brewing Co., El Cajon

The first beer to be released as part of the Beer to the Rescue campaign will be Hildegard, a triple India pale ale (IPA) lent to the cause by Benchmark Brewing Company. The beer will debut during a release event at the company’s tasting room (6190 Fairmount Avenue, Suite G, San Diego, CA 92120) beginning at 12 p.m. on Saturday, January 31. LFSC representatives will be on-hand to speak with patrons and the beer will be served in a commemorative glass guests may take home with them.

Other upcoming beers include a Belgian-style quadrupel from Nickel Beer Co., a dry-hopped Belgian-style table beer brewed with rhubarb from Monkey Paw Pub & Brewery, and an imperial milk stout infused with chocolate, orange and spicy chilies from Ballast Point Brewing & Spirits.

Information about future beers and their availability as well as Beer for the Cure events will be posted on the campaign’s Facebook page and via its Twitter account (@BeerToTheRescue). The LFSC and participating breweries will also post information about beers and events on their websites and social media accounts. Beers are scheduled to release one-or-two per month through December, with at least three breweries releasing beers during the month of May in honor of Lupus Awareness Month.

Interview opportunities with participating brewers, venues, campaign personnel and representatives from the Lupus Foundation of Southern California are available. Numerous venues are open to beer-tasting and live broadcast segments upon request.

Media Contacts:

Brandon HernándezSabrina LopiccoloHollaine Hopkins

Campaign FounderPublic RelationsExecutive Director

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Lupus Month

Hollaine Hopkins

Senate Approves Resolution Designating May as "California Lupus Awareness Month"

SR 65 to Raise Awareness & Understanding to Effects of Systematic Lupus Erythematosus “Lupus”

(Sacramento) – Senator Moorlach (R-Costa Mesa) yesterday presented Senate Resolution 65, which designates May as “California Lupus Awareness Month." Senate Resolution 65 passed with a 36-0 vote, receiving overwhelming, bipartisan support. The measure seeks to bring greater awareness, understanding and insight to the devastating effects of Lupus. 

Lupus is an autoimmune disease that causes inflammation of various parts of the body including: the skin, joints, heart, and kidneys. At present, Lupus affects 1.5 million Americans, many of whom are women.

"Lupus has affected my office, as my District Director’s wife – Megan – was diagnosed with Lupus in high school," said Moorlach. "Without the support of the Lupus community, Megan, and many of those diagnosed, would have nowhere to turn to as they look to combat this life affecting disease. I want to thank the Lupus Foundation of Northern California, Lupus Foundation of Southern California, and Lupus Los Angeles for all of their dedicated work helping the Lupus community in California."

In attendance for the passing of Senate Resolution 65 were representatives from the Lupus Foundation of Northern California, Lupus Foundation of Southern California, and Lupus Los Angeles.

"Every day, lupus patients confront challenges from chronic, debilitating pain to kidney disease and chemotherapy. What gives these survivors the strength that we are in awe of is the message that they are not alone in the fight. With the message of support from their doctors, their family, their peers and community organizations like the Lupus Foundation of Northern California (LFNC) comes hope that they have Lupus; Lupus doesn't have them. We are thrilled and grateful that Senator Moorlach and his colleagues are adding their voices to that chorus of hope," said Erin C. Badillo, Executive Director, Lupus Foundation of Northern California.

"Working with Senator Moorlach and his staff has been a very valuable experience. I greatly appreciate his efforts to bring together the three leading lupus organizations in California. The collaboration has been both positive and productive and the groups have combined forces to promote lupus awareness and disease prevention to the community through the California State Senate," stated Hollaine Hopkins, Executive Director, Lupus Foundation of Southern California.

"Recognition by State officials of the importance of Lupus awareness and advocacy work, helps to support our Lupus community in their everyday life by validating their experience with this often invisible disease.  Addressing the needs of the chronically ill through government funded research programs and through better access to healthcare are important steps in finding a cure to this devastating disease. Lupus LA commends Senator Moorlach and his colleagues in the Senate in their efforts to bring forth awareness and improved care to the Lupus community, " said Toby L. Berkow, Executive Director, LUPUS LA.

Video of Senator Moorlach's presentation of SR 65 on the Senate Floor is available HERE. More information on the SR 65 HERE.

About Senator John Moorlach (R-Costa Mesa):

State Senator John Moorlach represents the 37th district of California, is a trained Certified Financial Planner and is the only trained CPA in the California State Senate. He gained national attention 20 years ago when he was appointed Orange County Treasurer-Tax Collector and helped the County recover from its bankruptcy filing - at the time the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. History.




Hollaine Hopkins

It's that time of the year again.

Registration for Southern California's lupus awareness event is now open! Our 9th Annual 5K Lupus Walk, to be held on Sunday, July 10, 2016 promises to be another fun filled summer day with on-site entertainment and friends, family and community supporters cheering on our participants, and we are striving to get more of the community involved than ever before.

Date:Sunday, July 10, 2016

Time:8:00 a.m. Registration Walk starts at 9:00 a.m.

Location:Shelter Island across from 2051 Shelter Island Dr., San Diego, CA 92106

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Register to run or walk yourself, organize a team, raise money, and most of all, have fun! If you prefer to register offline, however, we are also glad to process your registration via mail, phone (858) 278-2788 or fax (858) 278-2782. Please click herefor more details and register today!

As with previous years, this Walk will be held on Shelter Island.  There will be prizes for top finishers in different categories for walkers, for the largest teams and the biggest fundraising teams and individuals. Most of all, every penny in net proceeds from our 5K will go directly to providing services for lupus patients in the Southern California area.

So, what are you waiting for? Register, pledge a team or a walker today!