Goose Island Hosts Erie Fundraiser at Brand New Barrel Warehouse

June 24, 2014 | Chicago, IL

At the end of another successful fundraiser at Goose Island—well past the advertised “last call”—one thing was certain: Erie Neighborhood House knows how to throw a party.

Hosted by the Erie Associate Board (EAB), the 7th Annual Goose Island event took place on Friday, June 20th at Goose Island’s brand new barrel warehouse. The impressive facility was designed for aging some of the brewery’s most celebrated beers, but Goose Island debuted it as an event space during Chicago Craft Beer Week earlier this month.

Well over 200 people participated in the festivities Friday night, celebrating Erie House’s work toward a more just and inclusive society with fine craft beer and food, music, dancing and live artwork. The evening netted close to $8,500 in funds raised for adult programs at Erie Neighborhood House.

DJs Jesse de la Pena, Payback and Santos filled the open-air warehouse space with driving beats and grooves, and four Goose Island favorites on tap kept the party going strong all night long. Artist Martin Soto was hard at work in the midst of it all, creating a portrait on location that incorporated input and ideas from guests.

Watch this two-minute montage recapping the evening's activities, featuring a track mixed by DJ Jesse de la Pena.

What is more, the fundraiser created an opportunity for EAB members, Erie House staff, and friends of the community to connect with one another over a great cause. Erie’s adult programs provide services such as one-on-one tutoring, ESL instruction and technology and job skills training—all designed to educate and empower individuals and build stronger communities.

"The impact of an event like this is twofold," said EAB Vice President Joseluis Avalos. "One, it provides all that attend an opportunity to learn about Erie House and what [the organization] has to offer. And it also gives attendees a chance to be part of the Erie House experience through volunteering, donating, and sharing its mission with others."

Erika Espinosa, Special Events & Annual Fund Manager at Erie House, was pleased with the event. “I think everyone had a great time,” she commented. “There was a lot of energy in the room, and it was exciting to see so many different people come together to support and celebrate the role Erie House plays in the community.”

Erie House’s relationship with Chicago’s largest microbrewery finds its roots with Goose Island founder John Hall, who has served on the Erie House Board for over a decade. Hall joined in the fun Friday night to raise a glass with Erie House Executive Director Celena Roldan-Moreno.

“We are so grateful for our relationship with John and the entire Goose Island family,” said Roldan-Moreno. “Goose Island has been a model example of corporate philanthropy in our city and has developed true relationships with the numerous nonprofit organizations they generously support. Whenever we can align our interests and work with members of the for-profit sector, we greatly expand our capacity to develop stronger individuals, families and communities. It’s a win-win scenario.”

The EAB is comprised of young professionals in the community who are passionate about the mission of Erie Neighborhood House. Their hard work and dedication helps raise awareness and support for Erie within the city and beyond. For more information about the EAB and to learn how you can get involved, please visit


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