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Rotary announces Pints vs. Polio fundraiser

YOUNGSTOWN — Thursday is World Polio Day, and the Rotary Club of Youngstown will host Pints vs. Polio at the B&O Station’s Boxcar Lounge from 6 to 9 p.m.

During the event, Penguin City Brewing Co. and the Boxcar Lounge will donate the proceeds of Penguin City beer sales to Rotary International’s Polio Plus Fund, which supports Rotary’s efforts to eradicate polio worldwide.

“I was delighted to jump on the Pints vs. Polio event,” Aspasia Lyras-Bernacki, co-owner of Penguin City Brewing Co., who joined the Rotary Club of Youngstown this year. “As a new Rotarian, it’s very gratifying that I can use my business to help with such an important cause. We are donating 100 percent of the proceeds to the Rotary’s Polio Plus Fund.”

The Youngstown Rotary Foundation will match sales dollar for dollar. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will then provide a two-to-one match, so that each pint sold will help save 14 lives though inoculations.

Pints vs. Polio will feature a live performance by Youngstown recording artist J.D. Eicher, and the event also will serve as the launch for the Rotary Club of Youngstown’s second annual Groundhog Craft Beerfest. The Beerfest, attended by 550 guests, raised $17,000 this year to support the club’s work in the community. Beerfest will take place Feb. 1 at Stambaugh Auditorium.