#StayStrongJared partners with Virginia Beer Company to continue community support for Jared Antle

Staff writer

Friends of Jared Antle’s family have organized a fundraiser in conjunction with the Virginia Beer Company’s three-year anniversary celebration to support the teen.

During Virginia Beer’s Waypost Week, Monday through Thursday, nonprofits such as Here For the Girls and Dream Catchers, as well as Jared’s recovery fund, will receive a portion of the brewery’s proceeds, according to VBC’s co-founder Robby Willey.

“Our company mantra is to have a people focus,” Willey said before adding the brewery looks to create connections between community members.

The fundraiser for Jared will take place at the brewery from 4-9 p.m. Thursday, according to organizer Carter Sonders.

Antle, 19, was injured in a hit and run in August and suffered a traumatic brain injury. He has recovered at the Shepherd Center in Atlanta, Ga. since September.

During the anniversary celebrations, a dollar from every year-round pint at the brewery will be donated back to the community, Willey said. Every pint of the brewery’s Free Verse, Saving Daylight, Wrenish Rye and Elbow Patches beers will support Jared’s recovery.

The Hungry Pug food truck will serve up their cheesy “griller” sandwiches and 10 percent of total sales will also benefit Jared, food truck owner Scott Coelln said Thursday.

Coelln makes it his focus to give back to the community at every opportunity, he said at the time of the food truck’s opening.

Sonders reached out to Coelln and asked him if he might be able to give her a discount on a special, he said.

“We'll do better than that,” Coelln told Sonders. “We're going to give you 10 percent of our total sales. We also want to be a part of any other fundraisers you want to do in the future.

“Can you imagine being that poor kid? It's the right thing to do. It's just nice being able to give back.”

Former-Williamsburg resident and nationally touring musician Dennis O’Hagan will perform at the brewery, Willey said. O’Hagan offered to perform for less money or no money at all, according to Willey, but he couldn’t remember which. Either way, O’Hagan’s ties to Lafayette High School helped

Jared’s father Ed Antle said he was thankful for the community’s support. The family released a video Sunday of Jared’s life before the crash and in the days since.

To learn more about Jared’s story, go to bit.ly/unpredictablejared.

How to help

To donate money toward Jared’s recovery, visit bit.ly/helpjared. Read the Antle family’s online journal entries at bit.ly/AntleJournal.

Roberts can be reached at 757-604-1329, by email at srobertsjr@vagazette.com and on Twitter @SPRobertsJr.

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