BRANFORD—Friday, September 4, 2020—Stony Creek Brewery of Branford, a longtime friend and supporter of the Connecticut Brain Tumor Alliance (CTBTA), is showing its continued dedication to the cause by offering a special beer on tap called “Junebug” for all of September, a portion of the proceeds of which will benefit the CTBTA.
Stony Creek owner Edward Crowley, Jr. has long been a champion for the cause of brain tumor awareness and support, and the beer is named “Junebug” in memory of the life of his mother-in-law June Rice, who succumbed to brain cancer. It also evokes the ladybug, which has been a symbol of hope and faith for CTBTA Executive Director Chris Cusano over the past 12 years since his own brain tumor diagnosis. The beer is available on tap at the Branford location and $1 for every beer sold will be donated to the CTBTA.
For every “Junebug” beer sold in September, $1 will be donated the CTBTA.
Mr. Cusano today expressed his gratitude to Stony Creek for its unbending support. The 7th annual “Playing for the Cure: Brainstormin’” event will be held at Stony Creek on Thursday, September 10th (both virtually and in-person, although space is limited inside the brewery due to COVID-19 compliance), as it has since the event began in 2014. Mr. Cusano and his family started the fundraiser at that time, and it has since become a popular and important annual event to support the CTBTA.
"One of the blessings from my diagnosis has been the friendship formed with Ed Crowley and his wife Kim and her sister Melissa following their mother's courageous battle with glioblastoma,” Mr. Cusano said. “What began as a fundraiser at Stony Creek Brewery has transformed into a mutual desire to work together and honor June by celebrating the courage of brain tumor patients, but also to inspire hope for all who are fighting and to let them know they are not alone. This collaboration will, I hope, be enjoyed by the brain tumor community and aid us in our quest to advance brain tumor awareness and our quest to find the cure. I cannot truly express how grateful I am to Ed, his family and Stony Creek Brewery for their continued support of the CT Brain Tumor Alliance.”
“On behalf of Stony Creek Brewery, I am truly honored to be a part of such an amazing cause that means so much to me. I cannot express how grateful I am to Chris Cusano for giving us the opportunity to honor my mother-in-law June’s legacy, and continuing to support my family throughout this journey, your friendship and commitment to this cause is incredibly inspiring,” Mr. Crowley said. “We chose this tropical lager, Junebug, in the spirit of June... a light, fun, and colorful beer to be enjoyed while making memories. We raise our glasses as we join our forces in support of all patients with brain tumors.”
About the Connecticut Brain Tumor Alliance
The Connecticut Brain Tumor Alliance, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated mission to providing hope and support to brain tumor patients and caregivers, while advancing brain tumor awareness, quality of care, and brain tumor research. CTBTA funds support Patient Assistance Funds, brain tumor research, local brain tumor programs, scholarships for survivors and caregivers, and patient outreach and awareness efforts.