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Southern Eagle Distributing's support crucial in success of 2019 Burgers & Brews Festival

Southern Eagle Distributing is a mainstay when it comes to supporting local nonprofits and their events.

Not only did they help sponsor the Burgers & Brews Festival – An American Heritage Celebration to benefit United Against Poverty (UP) of Indian River County, company President Philip Busch and sister Julia Busch, together with their families and several employees, were on-hand to partake in the celebration.

The free, family-friendly event, featured a “Best Burgers in Indian River County Competition,” a local celebrity dunk-tank, vendors, food trucks, a kid’s bounce house area and a sweet selection of beer, including the Budweiser Freedom Reserve Red Lager provided by Southern Eagle.

Because the day-long event also celebrates patriotism, the veteran-brewed Freedom Reserve made for the perfect refreshing beverage.

Area bands the Ladies of Soul and East Harbor got the party rocking, followed by the good vibes of headliner Ballyhoo, who kept the crowd dancing into the night.

“All the money raised today stays right here in Indian River County,” said event chairman Phillip Keeling.  “This is the third year with Southern Eagle as a sponsor. In March, they brought the Budweiser Clydesdales to our Burgers and Brews Kick Off Party to help raise awareness for this event and our programs.”

United Against Poverty founders Austin and Ginny Hunt also joined in the day’s fun.

They expressed their heartfelt gratitude. “Because of sponsors like Southern Eagle and the many others we can hold these events that help us provide local families in need with our four main programs,” the Hunts said.

Providing a hand up is central to UP’s mission.  With programs such as Crisis Care and Assistance, Member Share Grocery, Continued Education and S.T.E.P. (Success Training Employment Program) plus others, United Against Poverty Indian River County serves over 600 families a day, six days a week.

“We are the largest social service anti-poverty organization in the state,” said Austin Hunt.

“We are very pleased, helping people get to a better place in their lives,” said board member Don Drinkard.

“The S.T.E.P. program, for example, works with over 100 local employers to help our graduates find employment, keep employment and to keep advancing in their careers.  We stay in touch for three years and help with career development,” said Drinkard.  “We want people to reach their full potential.”

Thanks to Southern Eagle Distributing owner Peter W. Busch, his family and staff and their commitment to making the local community better and stronger, things continue to STEP in the right direction.