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Raising $100,000 For The Arts At Peirce School, Hopleaf’s Third Annual ‘Peirce Day’ Announced

Hopleaf Packs them in on ‘Peirce Day’

Budget issues have effected Chicago Public Schools for some time now and arts programming is often one of the first things to be eliminated. In order to help support Helen C. Peirce School of International Studies, Hopleaf (5148 N. Clark) and Friends of Peirce are putting together an annual event aimed at raising crucial funds for the students.

With 100% of gross receipts being donated to Peirce School at 1423 W. Bryn Mawr on the day of the event, the third annual Peirce Day on Sunday, April 29 is hoping to increase those needed funds to the school.

“Having strong neighborhood schools is the foundation of a vibrant and diverse neighborhood, like Andersonville,” said Hopleaf co-owner Michael Roper. “We are proud to support the teachers, administrators, staff, parents and kids from Peirce. We are thankful for the strong community that exists there and are excited to host ‘Peirce Day’.”

To date, Hopleaf has raised over $100,000 for Peirce School through both the annual event and a daily Kegs for Kids tap which 100% of proceeds from the dedicated beer are donated. Breweries, parents, teachers, and community members have taken turns sponsoring the Kegs for Kids Tap throughout the year.

“Like we have the past two years, we are expecting a great crowd to come out to support Peirce and Hopleaf. Everyone over 21 is welcome to join us to support our school,” said Joe Dunne, President of Friends of Peirce. “We are so thankful for Michael and Louise and the team at Hopleaf. Over the course of the last six years the Hopleaf Bar has helped raise over $250,000 for Peirce arts and after school programs. Hopleaf’s gesture is incredible and a testament to how philanthropy can be good business.”

The event will be held April 29 from Noon – 2 a.m. and proceeds will go toward programming such as dance, art, and after school activities.

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