Szcz the Day Pint Night
Sometimes partnerships get you a little more than you bargained for. John Lennon and Paul McCartney teamed up and changed the face of Western music forever. Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins teamed up and got humans to the moon. Ryan, Hank, and Mop Man got together and made some killer beer.
Last year, we partnered with Villanova to make Demisemi for the University’s 175th anniversary, and out of that came a stellar friendship with Cape May native, Padres outfielder Matt Szczur.
We debuted Demisemi at our first Pint Night of 2017, supporting the Andy Talley Foundation and Be the Match. It was such a rousing success that we’ve decided to repeat the magic. On January 12th, $1 from each pint and flight served between 5 and 8pm will be donated to Matt’s newly-founded Matthew Szczur Foundation.
“Villanova has given Hank and me so much throughout the years,” Ryan said, “starting with our friendship and now this meaningful relationship with Matt Szczur. Not only is he a stellar athlete — and who doesn’t love to see a local success story? — but he embodies our Core Value of Be a Good Neighbor on a regular basis.”
For those of you who don’t know Matt, as a graduate of Lower Cape May Regional, he was raised just up the street from the brewery in Erma. A star athlete in high school, he was varsity in football, baseball, and track and field. He was drafted by the LA Dodgers out of high school but decided to go to ‘Nova instead, playing center field for the baseball team and leading the football team to their first-ever NCAA Football Championship.
While at Villanova, Matt was tested by the Be the Match organization, which matches willing donors with recipients of bone marrow. He was identified as a match to save the life of Anastasia, a young girl in Ukraine, and he didn’t think twice about stepping up.
Since then, he and wife Natalie have dedicated their time in the off-season to raising awareness and funds for bone marrow research. Originally working with the Andy Talley Foundation, Matt has since branched off, founding the Matthew Szczur Foundation.
“I started my own foundation because I saw the effect my experience had on those around me and on myself as well,” Matt said. “It was a great, rewarding feeling. I wanted to save more lives and to give back to the community any way I could.”
In addition, representatives from Be the Match will be on hand next Friday with information and to sign up potential donors. You’ll also have a chance to score tickets to Matt’s 3rd Annual “Szcz The Day” Dinner Event on Saturday, January 27.
“The foundation is dedicated towards bone marrow research,” he explains, “but it also has a broader view as well. We want to be able to help people battling cancer, but not limited to people in the community or community groups needing help for certain things. We want to help the community any way we can.”
Matt collaborated with Head Brewer Brian Hink a special one-off for the occasion: R.A.D. #001 infused with pineapple, mango, apricot, papaya, orange, and passionfruit.
“I love working with CMBC,” Matt says. “It is humbling to know they want to be a part of such a special cause to me. Their support for the second year in a row is greatly appreciated, and I am grateful for them helping me spread the word and awareness for my cause.”
So swing down to the brewery on the 12th, have a few pints, sign up to be a donor, and potentially save a life.