The Mesa Leadership Class of 2018, a program through the Mesa Chamber of Commerce, has been making their mark with their spirit of cooperation and unity, and this has carried into the planning for their class project, which involves a Reflection Garden at the Mesa Veterans Resource Center. So far, the class has raised $15,000 to landscape and pave the garden, which is designed to be a place of quiet for veterans who may be struggling, or just in need of calm and peace.
The class approached Arizona’s own Four Peaks Brewing Co., which responded with a generous offer to help fund the project. Now through Feb. 19, Four Peaks will donate $1 toward the Reflection Garden when you buy a pint of Pitchfork Pale Ale, at any of their locations in the Valley, up to $5,000.
The Veterans Reflection Garden is a plaza that will be located adjacent to the Mesa Veterans Resource Center, at 165 N. Centennial Way in Mesa. The garden will also provide a space for veterans’ groups to gather, host events and increase public awareness of veterans’ issues.
“When we heard the garden was in need of funds, we knew we had to help,” the company said in their blog. “So, we’re ‘pitching in’ the best way we know how: By selling beer. From Jan. 19 to Feb. 19, we’re donating $1 from every pint of Pitchfork Pale Ale sold at bars across the Valley—up to a maximum of $5,000—to the project.”
“Supporting our veterans through the creation of this garden was a no-brainer for us,” said Four Peaks founder and head brewer Andy Ingram, whose father served in the U.S. Air Force. “Whether they’re friends or family, everyone knows a veteran who deserves a space like this to relax.”
In addition, there will be a happy hour celebration at Four Peaks’ 8th Street brewpub at 6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 19. They will be hosting the class and other volunteers and donors who’ve collaborated to help make the reflection garden a reality. The public is also invited to attend, and thank this group for their efforts.
Want to donate to the project but prefer to skip the suds? No problem. Just visit the Veterans Resource Center donation website or http://www.mesachamber.org/store/veterans-reflection-garden-engarved-stone.