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The House That Beer Built: Dedication

The Austin Habitat for Humanity Home Dedication was held on Saturday January 31, and 5 families sawed through the ceremonial last board and received the keys to their first ever owned home.

The House That Beer Built was among the homes dedicated, as the happy Huerta family posed for photos at their home, and the kids ran through choosing rooms and claiming space.  The ceremony was truly moving and very touching, and a fine turnout from the many brewers and beer enthusiasts who made this particular home possible was quite gratifying.

Black Star Co-Op member owners alone raised more than $5,000 toward this wonderful project, and many thanks are due to them, and also to the pub team for their assistance and generous donation of house beer proceeds during beer week.  Speaking personally I can say that mine were not the only tear-filled eyes at the dedication—the joyous sight of seeing so many happy families making a new neighborhood together is something that moved many on this fine Saturday.

December Extravaganza Details

One of the great things about being a Member-Owner at Black Star Co-op is being asked your opinion on things—over a free beer!  Come join us for another Member-Owner Extravaganza on MONDAY DECEMBER 15th from 6-8 pm.

The Extravaganza is a casual open-house event and also gives you an opportunity to meet other Member-Owners, chat with Directors, and get some much-deserved appreciation with tasty snacks and beers.

This month our Directors, (including our newly-elected Board members) will be around to discuss our part in the successful fundraising project “The House That Beer Built.” Austin’s Habitat For Humanity has just turned over the keys to this new home to the Huerta Family.  

We will also be looking for your thoughts on the Co-op’s expansion plans, about which a Member-Owner Survey has just been circulated.

Come throw in your two cents and meet some new friends, the gathering will be in the Dart/Barninsula area.

Steve Basile is an elected member of the Black Star Co-op Board of Directors.

The House That Beer Built: In the “Home” Stretch

Our Directors and member-owners met up on Monday September 22nd for a Member-Owner Extravaganza–a chance to sample some fine house brews, tasty snacks and to encourage further donations for the Black Star Co-Op Board of Directors-endorsed fundraising project “The House That Beer Built.”  Attendance was great, and Director Steve bought pints for those who donated $20 or more on the spot.

During the week of September 21-28, the pub and WA donated $1.00 to the project for every pint of High Esteem served, raising $519 more.  Director Scott Kelley held a fund raising beer tasting and gathered $585 more, bringing our total raised to $4,586, a fine showing versus our goal of $5,000.  

There is STILL TIME to volunteer, and to donate.  If you are interested in donating, visit the BSC Team Page at http://bit.ly/ATXHTBB and click “Donate Now” on the right. Build volunteers can click on this link for Saturday shifts on November 2, 9, 11, and 18.  http://vols.pt/KtVLnK

The dedication of the House That Beer Built for the Huerta family (plus 6 other families!) will take place on Saturday, November 22nd from 4-6 pm on Barteny Cove.

For more information, contact Board Member Steve Basile at steve.basile@blackstar.coop

Austin Habitat For Humanity is an IRS certified 501(c)(3) organization and contributions are tax-deductible and are eligible for matching by your company. 

September Member Extravaganza

One of the great things about being a Member-Owner at Black Star Co-Op is being asked your opinion on things—over a free beer!  Come join us for another Member-Owner Extravaganza on Monday, September 22nd from 6-8pm   

The Extravaganza is a casual open-house event and also gives you an opportunity to meet other Member-Owners, chat with Directors, and get some much-deserved appreciation with tasty snacks and beers.

Once again this month our Directors will be around to discuss our part in the ongoing fundraising project “The House That Beer Built.” Austin’s Habitat For Humanity will soon be building a house for a deserving family with funds we helped raise. Bonus! Make a donation at the Pub of  $20 or more and Director Basile will buy you a “House” pint.

Come throw in your two cents and meet some new friends. Gathering will be in the Dart/Barninsula area.