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A Few Brews & A Banjo, held June 22, raised funds for Chester High School art program. From left, art students Lee Luther, Chandler Hovland, along with Jeff Bryant handing a $2,300 check to Chester Jr./Sr. High art instructor Hillary Edwards, Olivia Atkins and Jared Dunbar on Oct. 21. Photo by Stacy Fisher

Chester High art program receives $2,300

Jeff Bryant, organizer of the 15th annual “A Few Brews & A Banjo” microbrew tasting event held June 22 in Chester Community Park, handed over a check Oct. 21 in the amount of $2,300, for Chester Junior-Senior High School art instructor Hillary Edwards to help fund the school’s art program.

Bryant thanked all the regional and local breweries for donating their product as a way to support the annual summer fundraiser, including Holiday Market, Sierra Pit BBQ and sponsor Plumas Arts in Quincy along with community volunteers for their roles in making the affair so successful in raising the needed money.

Also attending the festivities as supporters, he noted, were Chico Home Brew Club and Paradise Home Brew Club that also brewed beer specifically for the beer-tasting event.

Finally, he thanked the distributors located in Susanville for their help.

He said since the inception of A Few Brews & A Banjo in 2004, the funds raised have always gone back to the community, primarily to support art and music programs.

Edwards, who also teaches art classes at Chester Elementary, said, “I would like to say I am very grateful to Jeff for the incredible amount of money he raised for us for use in the art department and for the art club. … It’s going to allow us to purchase more art supplies, and provide money for transportation during class fieldtrips to art museums in Reno, Sacramento and San Francisco,” adding that she wanted to thank the Plumas County Arts Commission as well.

Bryant said the next A Few Brews & A Banjo fundraiser is currently scheduled June 27, 2020, the weekend after Father’s Day.

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