Road to Independence Event, 4/5/23

Intimate partner violence is everywhere. It may have happened to you, a family member, or someone you know. This Wednesday (April 5th) is the 3rd Annual Road to Independence Event, raising awareness and funds for BEDS domestic violence survivors who often find themselves leaving everything behind when they flee a dangerous situation, including their homes.

Message from event host, Mike McNamara, of ProperRate: “I want to personally invite all BEDS supporters to a party that I’m hosting this Wednesday at Milk Money Brewing in LaGrange. My eldest sister was married to a guy for 19 years and he abused her. The third time she left him to flee for safety, she was on foot with two small children and nothing more. I have contributed to this cause ever since. When my neighbor and friend Erin Molek of BED Plus asked me if I would help raise money for this cause, I said 'heck yes!'”

This year the event will have a Route 66 theme to remind supporters of the critical need for access to transportation when fleeing domestic violence. We will be honoring survivors, victims and those presently fleeing domestic violence. The $25 ticket includes music from live band Fiddlesticks, one pint of draft beer of your choice, a commemorative glass and a photo opportunity on a Harley motorcycle, provided by Harley Davidson of Countryside. The Route 66 Harley Owners Group is another sponsor of the event and will be coordinating raffle baskets, and helping with the photo booth.

During the event, 10 percent of total Milk Money Brewing sales (food and drinks) will go towards the fundraising efforts. Also, Milk Money has created a specially crafted beer called, The Road to Independence Wheat Ale. Ten percent of that beer sales will be donated back to BEDS Plus domestic violence programs.