On July 9, from 3-6 p.m. at Sevier Park in the 12 South Neighborhood, The Tomorrow Fund of the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee will host its 4th Annual Red, White and Brew. The event features food from multiple area food trucks and restaurants, as well as plenty of beer and wine. The $25 ticket price ($30 at the door) not only gets you food, drink, music and games, you get to support the great work of the Tomorrow Fund right here in Middle Tennessee. While The Tomorrow Fund is managed by the donor services department at The CFMT, which means they are just across the hall from us at NowPlayingNashville.com, we’re both leading busy and complicated lives right now. So we shot Kristen Korzenowski, donor services coordinator, a couple of quick questions via email about the event. Tickets are available now.
NPN: Before we get into the event itself, Red, White & Brew supports The Tomorrow Fund of The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee. Can you tell us a little bit about the Fund and what role it plays here in Middle Tennessee?
KK: The Tomorrow Fund is a fun, philanthropic group of young professionals. We operate on four pillars: network, volunteer, play, give. We believe in the importance of giving back and supporting organizations in Middle Tennessee that serve children. Through grantmaking, The Fund has provided support to the Global Education Center, Mother to Mother, Nashville International Center for Empowerment, Salama Urban Ministries and many more organizations. At the same time, we love having a good time together whether it’s sorting food at Second Harvest, passing out snacks to kids at Preston Taylor Ministries, or just mixing and mingling with like-minded Nashvillians during our quarterly happy hours.
I love that the list of nonprofits you support focuses on children, and especially those that work with refugee and immigrant populations. In this sense, “Tomorrow” encompasses a broad and inclusive future for Middle Tennessee. The world could use some inclusiveness right now.
The list of organizations we’ve supported through our annual grants is diverse, even within the category of children’s services. We’ve helped fund school attire for low-income refugee children, healthy cooking and lifestyle classes for pre-K students and their families, enrichment and after-school programs, tutoring and supported a program helping those with disabilities build swim skills, among many others. The needs in our community are ever-changing and endless, so it’s important for us to adapt each year and recognize that even a small amount of funding can do big things for a child in need.
This is the fourth year for the event, which has become increasingly popular. What has changed over the years, and what can attendees expect this year? Do you have some folks that have come every year?
With Red, White & Brew, we’ve never had the notion that we were going to be the biggest or most popular beer-drinking event in Nashville (let’s face it, there’s a lot of competition out there!). We might not have the glitz and glamour that some events do, but we have the backyard, summertime hangout vibe that our fun, laid back crowd likes. We’ve got beer, wine, good live music, samples from great restaurants and lots of new, friendly people to meet. Among corn hole and other yard games, we’re also introducing giant beer pong this year…it’s going to be pretty incredible! Did I mention, too, that we’re encouraging everyone to bring their furry friends? For the first time, Wags & Whiskers will be joining us to make sure all pups in attendance enjoy their time as much as the people do!
Four years ago, this event started off small in the corner of Sevier Park, and with continued support from restaurants like Hoss’ Loaded Burgers, Mafiaoza’s and Nashville Sweets (among others), as well some happy and repeat party-goers, we’ve been able to gradually grow. It’s been important to us, too, to keep tickets affordable, so for $25 you get the games, the music, the food samples and two drink tickets. A pretty great deal for a full afternoon of summer fun! We’re very grateful for all who participate and attend, and recognizing that it’s all for a great cause makes partaking that much more gratifying.
Nashville’s beer culture has exploded in recent years, so anything with Brew in the title is bound to be appealing. Especially when it’s 90 degrees out there. What breweries are on tap this year?
The Tomorrow Fund has been very fortunate over the years to benefit from beer and wine donations provided by Lipman Brothers. Without the generosity of our sponsors, simply put, the event wouldn’t generate income for us to give to nonprofits! We’ll have Hap & Harry’s, Napa Smith, Yazoo and some Stiegl Grapefruit (a refreshing crowd favorite). Plus, lots of red and white wine for those who might not have a taste for beer. So, plenty to enjoy!
I know The Tomorrow Fund targets young professionals. I’m 44, and I can tell you right now, I could probably use a beer on July 9. OK for people like me to stop by?
The Tomorrow Fund board may be comprised of young professionals, but the concept of having fun while doing good in our community spans all generations. As we like to say, we “drink for the kids!” And we encourage all, no matter what age (well, over 21), to join us. It’s part of the inclusivity we pride ourselves on, not just in the organizations we benefit, but in the people we get to meet along the way. So, come one, come all and come hang with us on July 9th at Sevier!
We’ll see you there!
Advance tickets for Red, White and Brew are available now for $25.