• Rotary Westmoreland

Local “Oktoberfest” Fundraiser Sets Goal to Donate $10K to Charity

Mark your calendars for Saturday, October 2, 2021. Rotary of Westmoreland is bringing the food, fun, fellowship and craft beer of Oktoberfest to Western Pa in the form of a fundraiser, of which the proceeds will be donated to an Irwin-based charity, whose mission is combatting human trafficking and sexual assault/abuse.


May 5, 2021 (Greensburg, PA)-

Rotary of Westmoreland’s (ROW) next “no budget” event is going to challenge what you already know about their out-of-the-box fundraisers.

ROW’s BATTLE OF THE BEERS OKTOBERFEST, presented by Trib LIVE, will pit local breweries against each other for votes, bragging rights and the chance to be featured on tap at a locally-owned and operated restaurant.

Attendees can influence the outcome of the winning beers by purchasing “votes” for their favorite local brews. The breweries that accumulate the most votes will win the title of “ALL CAPS,” and the money raised via voting will go toward ROW’s donation goal of $10,000!

The one-day outdoor fundraiser (rain or shine) will be held at the Hempfield Park and Athletic Complex at 220 Forbes Trail Road in Greensburg, PA, from noon to 5 p.m. and will feature local craft beer samples, live music, a cornhole tournament and Oktoberfest inspired cuisine.

“True to Westmoreland Rotary’s reputation of taking on serious issues with a fun approach, we’re hoping this event will have a multi-layered benefit to the area by helping out the local businesses involved like bars, restaurants, breweries and bands who have struggled through this pandemic,” said ROW Battle of the Beers Oktoberfest chairperson Jordan Pavelka.

“However, the primary reason for this festival is to raise money for Rooted OUTreach, who bring awareness to and provide support to the thousands of vulnerable individuals in our area who are exploited by human trafficking, sexual assault and abuse.”

Human traffickers have taken a significant foothold in Allegheny, Washington and Westmoreland counties in recent years, but particularly during this pandemic because less people, who could report something suspicious, are out and about.

Awareness and educational materials will be presented during the fundraiser to support Rooted OUTreach’s mission. Attendees will learn the warning signs of human trafficking and how to report suspicious activity safely.

“We’re flattered by the support we’re already getting from local businesses like the Trib. I think people know we, as Rotarians, inherently hold ourselves to high standards. We encourage others to contact us if they are interested in partnering, donating, volunteering or other showing of support,” said Rebecca Hagan, current club president.

ROW’s Battle of the Beers Oktoberfest tickets, which will go on-sale soon, are $50, and the proceeds will be donated to Rooted OUTreach.

For more information about the event, our sponsors, the breweries competing, the band performing or available sponsorships, go to

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