Empire Brewfest Appearance

by Renee on June 26, 2017

Join me at the 2017 Empire Brewfest in Syracuse, NY, Saturday, July 22nd! I have been invited to speak about the rise and fall and resurgence of New Albion Brewing at this beery event. Looks like a good time, and I hope to see you there!


What: 2017 Empire Brewfest

Where: New York Fairgrounds

581 State Fair Boulevard, Syracuse, New York 13209

When: July, 22 from 2-8 p.m.

The list of breweries involved is growing every day! So far they include: Erie Canal, Stout Beard, Blue Toad, Stillwater, Ommegang, Dark Horse, Mikkeller and more!

You can find a list here: http://www.empirebrewfest.com/the-breweries

Entertainment includes live music, plenty of food, games like beer pong and giant Jenga, and even painting!

Tickets are on sale now: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2017-empire-brewfest-empire-winefest-tickets-31486923235


Cheers to YOU #TeamDeLuca

by Renee on May 12, 2017

candidatesWell, I don’t even know where to begin to thank you enough, #TeamDeLuca, for all you did to help make my Man/Woman of the Year Fundraising for the Leukemia/Lymphoma Society a success. A week ago, on Friday, May 5th, we celebrated our 10-week fundraising efforts at the Renaissance Ballroom in downtown Cleveland. As a group, the LLS M/W candidates raised more than $584,000 to fund the fight against blood cancers. It was a record-breaking year! And as a team, you my friends, helped me to raise nearly $30,000!!! This is the email I got from the Northern Ohio LLS office after the totals came in:

WOW!!!!  I don’t even know where to begin with saying THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!  What an incredible 10 weeks you and your team had.  We are so grateful for your efforts with this campaign and I hope you want to continue to stay involved with the campaign in some capacity! I wanted to give you final numbers after Friday’s Finale.  You and your team did such an incredible job and ended up with a total of $29, 716.61!  (EDIT: After all the funds were counted post-event…our team ended up with a total of over $35k!) I hope you are feeling proud of all you accomplished, we are for sure grateful!  I know Paul was with you every step of the way and your efforts are moving mission forward, so thank you!

So cheers to youfunds, friends, I raise my glass to our achievement. From our Paul DeLuca Winter Warmer event, to the Networking is Dead in the Vault party, to collecting donations at the Kenston Lacrosse Youth Night game and every donation made online and through checks and your supporting my friends in their efforts to raise money for this cause, plus all the silent auction donations, we made it happen. I look forward to living in a world without cancer of any type someday. Let’s continue to help make someday, today.



Friends, someday

Please join me in supporting The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) Northern Ohio chapter by making a donation to my fundraising campaign for the 2017 Man/Woman of the Year. I am part of team from NE Ohio working to raise as much as possible in a 10-week period. Every dollar I raise counts as one vote and the candidate who gets the most votes/raises the most money is named the Man or Woman of the Year. My goal is $50,000, not so much because I am after the title, but because that is the amount needed to name a book of cancer research in Paul’s honor. Imagine being able to say the CURE for CNS Primary Lymphoma came about because of research in his name!


Most of you who have followed this blog know that Paul lost his life to CNS Primary Lymphoma in October of 2015. It came on very quickly, and left our family with a huge hole in our hearts–he is greatly missed. Paul had participated in the Team in Training “America’s Most Beautiful Bike Ride” event to raise money for LLS in 2006, 2007 and 2008–it was a cause that was near to his heart. I’m participating in the LLS Man/Woman of the Year  2017 because I want to continue the good work that he did, and find a cure for this cruel disease sooner rather than later. Many of you have donated in Paul’s memory already, and have been part of #TeamDeLuca for some time, and I appreciate it more than you know. Thank you for any further contributions you can make to our cause!

Thank you, and CHEERS to finding a CURE for cancer! #CancerSucks


2nd Annual Paul DeLuca Winter Warmer Challenge

February 15, 2017

It’s just over a year since we held the very first Paul DeLuca Winter Warmer Challenge, and this year, it will be even bigger! Join us on Saturday, Feb. 25th at 7 p.m. and warm up with a dozen different winter ales! Once again, I am using the event to raise money to battle cancer through […]

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