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Handcrafted: Perkins Fundraiser Celebrates Local Brewers, Artists, Community

Tickets are still available for the annual fundraiser at Perkins Center for the Arts, held Saturday, May 12.

Whether you enjoy the arts, craft beer or both, has just what you’re looking for this weekend.

The nonprofit community arts foundation will host its largest annual fundraiser , with craft beers from local breweries, an all-you-can-eat gourmet menu and a silent auction with some luxe prizes up for grabs.

Lee Bennett, Perkins Center projects and special events manager, said the group raised $15,000 at its 2011 beer-tasting, making the event its most lucrative fundraiser of the year. Proceeds from the beer tasting will benefit Perkins’ many programs and support its operational expenses.

“As a small organization, that’s very significant,” Bennett said, adding, "we’re hoping to do even better this year.”

Diane Felcyn, assistant director at Perkins, said, “A successful fundraiser is the difference between Perkins ending the year in the black or in deficit. In a perfect world we’d be raising about $25,000 this year; anything that raises money for the organization is a plus.”

For $45, attendees get a bottomless glass of beer, as well as an all-you-can-eat meal prepared by chef Fred Kellermann of Elements Cafe in Haddon Heights (check the attached photo for a peek at the menu).

Participating brewers include Yards Brewing Co. (Philadelphia), Lancaster Brewing Co., Flying Fish Brewery (Cherry Hill) and Yuengling (Pottsville, PA). Not a beer fan? Root beer from Boylan Bottling Co. (Moonachie, NJ) will also be available, as will wine.

The event will also feature a silent auction boasting a variety of prizes, including box suite tickets to a Camden Riversharks game, a cast-signed script from the TV show It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia and a one-week Spanish holiday.

In keeping with the theme of the evening, handcrafted artwork—including ceramic beer steins and beer flights—is also up for bid in the silent auction.

“The theme is handcrafted because what we do at Perkins is artwork," said Bennett. "We worked to incorporate that as much as possible."

"Handcrafted" also taked place on the last night of the “Consuming Boundaries” exhibition, a display of fiber arts, and will feature a performance from The Ong’s Hat Band

The beer tasting begins at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 12, at . Moorestown area guests will be able to catch a bus from  to Collingswood for $10 a person. The bus will return to Moorestown when the event ends at 10 p.m.

Bennett said they’re expecting about 200 people. Tickets may be available at the door, but guests are advised to purchase them in advance through the Perkins website to secure their spot.

Principal sponsors of the event include: Bayada Home Health, , Advocare South Jersey Pediatrics, Pinnacle Wealth and Benefits, Janney Montgomery Scott, LLC, The Floyd Group, Schnader, Harrison Segal & Lewis, Capehart & Scatchard and Kitchen and Associates.

Collingswood Patch editor Matt Skoufalos contributed to this report.

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