Letter From the President: Beerfest volunteers deserve cheers
The 25th Festival Friday Four Miler and the 29th Cooper-Young Festival are now in the books, and it looks like it was another tremendously successful year.
Next up is the 7th annual Cooper-Young Beerfest. This festival is particularly close to my heart because I have been involved in the planning and production since our first year in 2010. Like the other events that take place in our neighborhood, this event wouldn’t happen at all if it wasn’t for some tremendous volunteers, local businesses, and the brewers.
In particular, I want to pull the curtain back to recognize and thank the organizing committee of the beerfest. Credit for envisioning a beer festival fundraiser for the Cooper-Young Community Association goes to Andy Ashby. This was his idea from the beginning, and he chaired the organizing committee for the first few years. Both Drew Barton and Josh Spickler have been on the committee from that first year and have been invaluable. Trevor Kearney and Toby Sells were involved from 2010 and helped us get established but had to move on to other endeavors several years ago. Doug Carriker and Kate Hedstrom joined the committee within the past few years and both have been fantastic additions. Last but not least among the volunteers, Adam Shellabarger has been our graphic designer from day one. Our logo and all of our artwork has been produced by Adam and graciously donated.
Among Cooper-Young businesses, we have had tremendous support from Central BBQ, Goner, Memphis Made, Midtown Autowerks, Stone Soup and Sweet Grass. Please support these great businesses that support our community.
Finally, I want to acknowledge all of the brewers who travel to Cooper-Young and donate their time and delicious beers. It has been a great pleasure to meet all of these fine people and see them every year now. Here’s to another successful Cooper-Young Beerfest. Cheers! — Mark Morrison