Couple hold ‘Craft Beer Campout’ to raise funds for Autism Speaks – Daily Local News






Guests had the chance to sample beer at Greg and Nicole Thomas’ ‘Craft Beer Campout.’
Adam Farence — Daily Local News







WEST BRADFORD >> Saturday marked the fourth year Greg and Nicole Thomas raised money for autism awareness through their signature annual event, the “Craft Beer Campout.”



Each year, the couple welcome friends and family into their home to drink some beer, have some food, and participate in raffles.



As an added bonus, Greg and Nicole invite everyone to camp out in their backyard with them.



Inside their home, guests enjoyed food and beer tasting. Outside, guests were busy setting up tents to spend the night.




Nicole Thomas is a special education teacher in the Downingtown Area School District. Her uncle has autism, and for this reason she decided to pursue a career in special education.



“I want to help give these kids opportunity,” she said.



Next year, both Greg and Nicole plan to take the Craft Beer Campout to the next step, and make it a public, community-wide event.



Originally, they wanted to raise at least $2,000. A goal Greg described as “pie in the sky.”



But they exceeded their goal and raised a grand total of $2,500 for Autism Speaks.



This year and in past years, sponsors have donated beer and the food. Victory Brewing donated a few kegs, Station Taproom and Broker Brewing set beers out for tasting, and the Barley Mow Craft Beer House donated $900 in raffle items.



“Nicki and I are overwhelmed with gratitude,” Greg said. “Even despite the weather early on, we exceeded our goal. We are really proud of what the Craft Beer Campout is becoming, and are so thankful for the support of our community, donors, friends and family.”



Anyone interested in making a donation can visit www.walknowforautismspeaks.org/philadelphia/craftbeercampout.



“What more do people want? Good beer, good food, and a great cause,” Greg said.



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