It would be easy to forgive the F.X. Matt Brewery in Utica, N.Y., if they decided to curtail charitable giving this year after being hit by a major fire back on May 29th. Instead, the brewery has made its largest donation ever to the United Way Foundation.
Earlier this week brewery officials turned over a check for more than $60,000 during the local United Way campaign kickoff. The money includes donations received from consumers during summer events and employee contributions.
The United Way gift by F.X. Matt Brewing is just one example of the generosity of drinks companies in supporting causes on a local and national level. The fact is that these companies are asked for donations more often than most businesses and usually find a way to help more than their fair share of causes. Through donations big and small, beer, wine and spirit makers help organizations that take on some of the tough issues and lend a helping hand to people in need.
We owe these good corporate citizens a thank you from time to time.