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Eastside Boxing Club set to present Beer Wars on Sun., April 17th 2016
Local breweries enter the boxing ring for at-risk youth

Vancouver, BC Wed., March 2nd, 2016 – On Sun., April 17th, 2016 Vancouver’s Eastside Boxing Club will host Beer Wars at Caprice Nightclub (967 Granville Street, Vancouver).  Key players in the Vancouver craft beer industry will enter the boxing ring to raise funds for Eastside Boxing Club’s Vancouver Roving Leaders Program benefiting at-risk youth.  Tickets for Beer Wars can be purchased here.  Participating breweries are donating product to sell at fight night to raise money for the cause.

“Beer Wars is a project that is very close to my heart and what better way to raise money than combining beer and boxing!” said Beer Wars representative Chris Bjerrisgaard. “I’m proud of the craft beer community for stepping it up and getting involved in such a great cause.”

Several teaser events will lead up to the main festivities.  On Sat., March 5th, Vancouver’s Eastside Boxing Club will play host to the first open sparring session.  For a $5 donation to the club, craft beer enthusiasts will be able to purchase $5 drinks from participating breweries.  On Thurs., March 17th, Beer Wars will host a fundraiser at Colony Bar Main Street announcing the scheduled Beer fights.  Partial proceeds will go to charity.

“We are thrilled about the upcoming Beer Wars festivities,” said Coach Dave Schuck, founder of Eastside Boxing Club.  "We need support from local businesses and this is going to make a major impact.”

Full proceeds from Beer Wars on Sun., April 17th 2016 will go to Eastside Boxing Club.  Balcony, floor and VIP tickets are available at $75 (VIP), $50 (balcony) and $40 (floor).

About Eastside Boxing Club
Eastside Boxing Club (ESB) is a not-for-profit gym located at the heart of Chinatown in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside that trains pro, amateur and recreational boxers.  Dave Schuck founded the gym in 2012 after the closure of Astoria Boxing Club where he was the head coach.

Working with several NPO in Downtown Vancouver, ESB is committed to continuing to facilitate free exercise programs for at-risk youth and women that have been exposed to violence.  Believing that everyone deserves accessibility to exercise, the ESB mission is to be an inclusive community focused gym that delivers high quality boxing training.  For more information, please visit apronsforgloves.com/eastside-boxing-club/.

About Vancouver Roving Leaders Program
The Vancouver Roving Leaders Program is a flexible, community-based initiative that connects and engages vulnerable, at-risk children & youth in the Grandview-Woodlands, Hastings-Sunrise, Renfrew-Collingwood and Downtown Eastside neighbourhoods.

The Roving Leaders Program is about active connection and inclusion of our children and youth.  We focus on connecting with the children and youth where they are, building a relationship and then helping them to integrate into neighbourhood programs, services and education opportunities.

The Roving Leader is a community youth worker who works outside the walls and boundaries of the traditional youth-work or recreation setting.  The Roving Leaders are flexible, provide outreach to the community and connect with children where they are: on the street, in the park, with their peers.  They involve children (primarily 10 to 16 years old) in positive activities, breaking down barriers they may face in accessing programs or services in their community and developing their strengths, talents and interests.


Chambar to Stay Open 24hrs for #SweetRelief
Vancouver restaurant works around the clock on Easter Weekend
to support anti-poverty beekeeping campaign

Vancouver, B.C. (March 1, 2016) — Chambar
(568 Beatty Street) is proud to announce #SweetRelief, a partnership with Vancouver-based charity Universal Outreach in support of its Advanced Beekeeper’s Training Program and the Liberia Pure Honey social enterprise in Africa.

From 4pm on Saturday, March 26 to 4pm on Sunday, March 27, 100% of ALL sales at Chambar will benefit Universal Outreach’s anti-poverty honey and beekeeping initiatives within Liberia.

#SweetRelief will see the restaurant’s owners, management team, front-of-house and back-of-house staff work 24 hours straight serving patrons with the goal of raising $50,000. Chambar is challenging local businesses to match dollar for dollar what participating staff is able to raise, on the condition they last the entire 24 hours. Interested donors can also pledge their support online at https://chimp.net/campaigns/sweet-relief.*
Regular à la carte menus will be served for the duration of the 24 Hour Marathon:
Saturday, March 26 - Dinner Menu 4pm to 4am.
Sunday, March  27 - Brunch Menu 4am to 4pm.

Each service will also highlight honey as an ingredient, with features including the famous Lamb Tajine, Gaufre au Saumon, Mama Rizk Dessert, and the El Chupacabra cocktail.

As part of their commitment to this worthy cause, Chambar owners Karri and Nico Schuermans have imported Liberia Pure Honey so that each #SweetRelief guest will receive a complimentary 2 oz. ampoule (while supplies last).

Devastated by last year’s Ebola outbreak, 83% of Liberia’s population lives on less than $1.73 CDN per day. Universal Outreach’s Advanced Beekeeper’s Training Program and its Liberia Pure Honey social enterprise and sales division allow a mostly rural population of subsistence farmers to supplement their income with a marketable skill that does not require displacement from their family land. Beekeeping is also an alternative to income through deforestation.

Join Chambar for dinner, a late-night meal, an even later late-night meal, or Easter Brunch between 4pm on Saturday, March 26 and 4pm on Sunday, March 27. For more information, please visit www.chambar.com/sweetrelief/.

*All donations made through the fundraising site will receive a tax receipt.
#SweetRelief #24HrMarathon #CivilizedDebauchery #Honey #LoveBees

at Craft Beer Market:


  • March 1 - New Rotating Handles
  • March 13 - Daylight Savings - set your clock 1 hour ahead on the 12th
  • March 17 - St. Patrick's Day at CRAFT. Reserve your table here.
  • March 19 - First day of Spring
  • March 21 - Sierra Nevada Brewmaster's Dinner - limited tickets available here.
  • March 27 - Easter Brunch Buffet at CRAFT. Adult $25.95, Kids under 12 $10.95. Reserve your table here.


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