Father Bill’s & MainSpring Hosts 22nd Annual Fundraiser to Assist Shelters with Funding Gap

Father Bill’s & MainSpring (FBMS), a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to ending homelessness in Southern MA, will host its annual FoodFest fundraiser on Tuesday, July 26, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at The Launch at Hingham Shipyard (VIP party begins at 5:00 p.m. at Hingham Beer Works).

FoodFest 2016 features up to 35 of the South Shore’s finest restaurants, bakeries and beverage distributors, offering their signature samples, while guests are entertained by live music from District 21. Tickets are $150 per person and can be purchased online at helpfbms.org/FoodFest2016. Corporate sponsorships and auction items are gratefully accepted.

FBMS hopes to raise $300,000 to close the 54% funding gap in its emergency shelters housing. Father Bill’s & MainSpring provides emergency and permanent housing, work force development and prevention services annually to about 5,000 individuals across the South Shore area, including families with children.

Current Participating Restaurant and Beverage Vendors, with more to be announced:

  • Alma Nove, Hingham
  • Boathouse Bistro, Hingham
  • Fire It Up! Flatbread, South Shore
  • Fratelli’s, Quincy
  • Greenside Grille, Hingham
  • Jake’s Seafood , Hull
  • Lavishly Dunn Catering, Hanover
  • Margaritas, Weymouth
  • Peel Pizza Co., Hingham
  • Phillips Candy House, South Boston
  • The Quarry Restaurant & Lounge, Hingham
  • Punjab Café, Quincy
  • Simpson Springs, Easton
  • The Fruit Center Marketplace, Milton & Hingham
  • The Lantana, Randolph

Current Supporters:

Premier: Arbella Insurance Foundation, Bank of America, Citizens Bank, The Flatley Foundation, Granite Telecommunications, United Way of Massachusetts Bay, United Way of Greater Plymouth County

Gold:  Avalon Bay Communities, Cambridge Savings Bank

Silver: New England Regional Council of Carpenters, IBEW Local 103,

Venue Sponsors: Hingham Beer Works, The Launch at Hingham Shipyard

Media Sponsors:  The Patriot Ledger, Wicked Local


Event Highlights: New activities this year include a wine pull where guests purchase a ticket for $20, but could end up with a high-end bottle worth more than $100. Also featured is a cruise trip raffle on Royal Caribbean, airfare included; a chance raffle with many unique items and a robust silent auction with themed baskets, weekend getaways and tickets to New England sporting events and more. For more information about corporate sponsorships, or to purchase tickets on-line, please visit helpfbms.org/FoodFest2016 or call 508-427-6448.

Father Bill’s & MainSpring, (FBMS) is committed to ending and preventing homelessness in Southern Massachusetts with programs that provide emergency and permanent housing and help people obtain skills, jobs, housing, and services. FBMS helps people who are struggling with homelessness or are at risk of homelessness to achieve self-sufficiency. FBMS is a 501(c)(3) non-profit agency with administrative offices in Quincy and Brockton, Massachusetts and program offices throughout Southern Massachusetts. For more information, visit helpfbms.org or call 617-376-2255.

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Ahead of “Repeal Day” Anniversary, MA Beer Distributors Recognize Industry’s Growth and Innovation

BeerDecember 5, 2015 marks the 82nd Anniversary of the 21st Amendment

BOSTON, MA – December 5, 2015 marks the 82nd anniversary of the 21st Amendment. On that date in 1933, Prohibition ended in the U.S. when 36 states ratified the 21st Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, repealing the 18th Amendment which began Prohibition in 1920. In recognition of “Repeal Day,” Massachusetts beer distributors today highlighted the industry’s growth over the decades and its continued success in the Bay State.

Following the ratification of the 21st Amendment, the United States established a state-based system of alcohol regulation. This system grants the individual state the authority to enact and enforce alcohol laws consistent with the desires and needs of its citizens.  Massachusetts continues to flourish within the established system, benefiting both consumers and the industry.

“The Massachusetts beer industry has grown tremendously with the current system, particularly through the partnerships between beer distributors and breweries that have been crucial to today’s proliferation of so many premier brands of craft beer,” said Bill Kelley, president of the Beer Distributors of Massachusetts. “Repeal Day is a good reminder to look back at how the beer industry has evolved to reach its current state of success: vast options for local consumers; access to statewide and regional markets for entrepreneurial breweries; and thousands of industry jobs.”

Massachusetts – and Boston, in particular – has a long history within the brewing industry. The first license for a tavern was obtained in 1634 and may have brewed its own beer – making it a tavern as well as a craft brewery. Because Boston was a large and popular seaport, beer was easily imported from other cities, augmenting the beer being produced in local taverns and breweries. In 1789, beer production in Boston began to grow on a larger scale, due, in part, to the “Act To Encourage The Manufacture and Consumption of Strong Beer, Ale, and Other Malt Liquors.” By the 1830s, Boston’s first large-scale brewery found success and had grown beyond the New England Region. While that company eventually went out of business in 1957, it paved the way for Massachusetts to be an integral player within the booming beer industry here in the United States, which it continues to be today.

The Brewers Association describes the growth of breweries across Massachusetts and nationwide. According to the Brewers Association website, the number of U.S. breweries has risen over the years, with 92 in 1980, 284 in 1990, 1,566 in 2000, 1,813 in 2010, and 3,464 in 2014 – clearly showing a dramatic spike in recent years. In Massachusetts, the number of breweries went from 45 in 2011 to 61 in 2014. The state ranks 14th in the U.S. in barrels of craft beer produced per year.

“The numbers support what is clear to anyone who walks into a liquor store or drinking establishment in Massachusetts: consumers here have an impressive variety of high-quality options,” said Kelley. “We have a balanced system that allows all craft breweries to grow, which benefits not only these entrepreneurs, but also Massachusetts consumers, Massachusetts jobs and the position of our state as a hub for innovation.”

The 13 members of the Beer Distributors of Massachusetts directly employ over 2,200 individuals in Massachusetts, the majority of which are full time. According to an economic impact study jointly commissioned by the National Beer Wholesalers Association (NBWA) and the Beer Institute, over 41,000 jobs in Massachusetts are linked to its strong beer industry, and America’s beer industry contributes more than $5 billion annually to Massachusetts’ economy.

“On Repeal Day, we should all be proud of our state’s role in the growing craft beer industry,” said Kelley. “Massachusetts has been a leader in the craft beer boom, to the benefit of consumers and our economy.”

The Beer Distributors of Massachusetts is the leading trade association advocating on behalf of family-owned businesses in the beer distribution industry and working to promote the responsible use of the products they distribute. Learn more at http://www.mabeerdistributors.com/.