The Breastfest Beer Festival, a non-profit 501(c)(3) was born in July of 2000 as a way to help raise money for and support the Charlotte Maxwell Complementary Clinic (CMCC), a state licensed non-profit clinic offering alternative medical treatments for low-income women diagnosed with cancer. Located in Oakland and San Francisco, Charlotte Maxwell Clinic includes services such as acupuncture, Chinese and Western herbs, massage, therapeutic imagery, social services, organic foods and transportation. The clinic's core mission is to provide relief from the side-effects of cancer and its treatments (pain, nausea, fatigue, and loss of appetite,) to enhance immune function and better the quality of life for women battling cancer. Low-income women in the U.S. are four times more likely to die from their form of cancer than those living above the federal poverty line. The festival was created to level the playing field and offer women tools to complete their prescribed cancer treatments, thereby increasing their chances of survival.
The inaugural year hosted 16 local breweries, it was a successful start for many more to come. Years later, it has grown to welcome 60 breweries including Marin Brewing Company, Moylan, Russian River, Benoit Casper, Drakes, Cellarmaker, Lost Coast as well as local food purveyors and Bay Area musicians who all join together to help women gain access to alternative means of cancer therapy. A ticket includes unlimited tasting, free food, live music courtesy of the Sam Chase Band. Eat for free at the BBQ throughout the festival, get the chance to win prizes and enjoy a relaxing afternoon in the sunshine all while raising money for a great cause.
If You Go:
When: Saturday, July 15 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: Fairground Island, Marin Center
10 Avenue of the Flags
San Rafael, CA
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