Let Us Eat Chocolate Cake & Raise Fundraising Money Too!

Decadence arrives in charitable first class at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant with our Triple Chocolate Hill dessert. For every purchase of our signature double-fudge brownie nesting on a pool of dreamy chocolate, peanut butter and caramel sauce, we will donate $1.50 to charity (.75 to a local charity and .75 to CureSearch for Children’s Cancer).


But, where did this genius idea of sealing the deal on a beer-centric meal with a cocoa-packed dessert for charity come from? We rallied our Owner and President, Kevin Finn, to give us the full report.

“Giving back to the community is one of the core values at Iron Hill,” shared Finn. “It probably stems from my partner, Mark Edelson, and my involvement as young men in the Jaycees, or Junior Chamber of Commerce. We did a great deal of fundraising with that organization, and I think we carried that into our business.”

Successfully so, too! Companywide in 2013, the fundraising efforts of the Chocolate Hill Donation program alone raised $37,299, half of which ($18,649.50) went directly to CureSearch for Children’s Cancer. The remaining portion of funds were donated to local non-profits throughout Iron Hill’s tri-state area.

Iron Hill’s choice to work specifically with CureSearch across the board was for very personal reasons, Kevin revealed. “Mark’s wife is a pediatric oncologist who works at the Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, and she knew CureSearch was doing great things to fight childhood cancer through research programs and asked us to adopt them as our company charity.” They dutifully agreed.

Iron-Hill-CureSearch-Walk1.jpg“It has been a great partnership,” continued Kevin, who, along with many other Iron Hill team members, attends CureSearch’s annual fundraising walk, where the crew presents the year’s fundraising proceeds. This year, the walk falls on May 14 in the Philadelphia Zoo.

As teased above, Iron Hill not only contributes to CureSearch, but we also donate to 10 community-based charities that reside in the neighborhoods of our brewpubs. “When we choose a location for a new restaurant, we prefer sites that have a vibrant community,” revealed Finn. “We select communities that we can be a part of, where giving back to that community makes sense.”

As part of the Chocolate Hill Donation, managers of each store select charities in their immediate communities that they believe are “good fits” for working with our company. For example, for 2014, our West Chester location has partnered with the Chester County Food Bank as a fundraising appointee and, in Phoenixville, they’re supporting the Main Line Animal Rescue.

Other local foundations we’ve united together to support include the Variety: The Children’s Charity (in Newark), Easter Seals (in Media), Delaware HIV Consortium (in Wilmington), Nathaniel Kirkland Foundation (in Maple Shade), Weavers Way Community Programs (in Chestnut Hill) and the Virtua Foundation (in Voorhees). Both our North Wales and Lancaster locations will be collecting for local YMCAs.

Next time you contemplate whether you have room for dessert, consider this: you’re not only treating yourself to a euphoric ending, but you’re also making a difference. How sweet is that?!

Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant’s additional fundraising efforts include the Give 20 program, which you can learn about here. Each Triple Chocolate Hill costs $8.95 and includes a scoop of vanilla ice cream and whipped cream.

Content provided by Dish Works author Amy Strauss.

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