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1st Special Forces Group takes over Harmon Tap Room

Fundraiser for Green Beret Foundation

Harmon Tap Room hosts a fundraiser for the Green Beret Foundation May 22. Courtesy photo

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It's a takeover of the very best kind.

The military and civilian community will join together at one of Tacoma's most beloved restaurant establishments to not only enjoy good conversation, great craft brew and terrific food, but also to support America's heroes in a special and poignant way.

The 1st Special Forces Group is taking over the Harmon Taproom Thursday, May 22, for an all day long event in support of the Green Beret Foundation. Ten percent of all of the food sales at the event will be donated to the foundation. The takeover will be hosted by the First in Asia Association, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting the history, lineage, current, and former members of the 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne).  There is no cover charge or admission fee.  Food and beverage will be available for purchase.

The Harmon Taproom is at 204 St. Helens Ave. in Tacoma. Doors open at 11 a.m.

The Green Berets are members of the elite U.S. Army's Special Forces. The Green Beret Foundation is a nonprofit organization that provides resources and support for wounded, ill and injured Green Berets and their families. The organization prides itself in upholding Green Beret traditions and values while providing critical services, programs and support systems to these American heroes and fellow servicemembers who need a hand up.

For Capt. Matthew Schleupner of the 1st Special Forces Group at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, he is able to sum up for the team what it means to be a part of the takeover event, the second such event that the group has participated in.

"These events, of which this is the second, is important because as a group, the 1st Group should be doing things to give back to the foundations that work to take care of Special Forces wounded, killed in action and their families," says Schleupner. "The Green Beret Foundation does this.  For us to help out in any way is a true honor."  

The Harmon Taproom, just one of the iconic and popular of the Harmon Brewery's family of restaurants in the South Puget Sound, is also proud to help.  According to Harmon Tap Room General Manager and Director of Concept Development Riley Holder, it's been a terrific partnership and speaks to the spirit of the organization's longtime and ongoing commitment to being of service to the community.

"Capt. Matthew Schleupner and I have a great working relationship and throw around ideas to involve the Harmon in their community," says Holder. "This just happened to be one of the many ideas we came up with.  

"Being involved in the military community is huge for the Harmon Brewing Company. (Harmon Brewing Company co-founders) Carole Ford and Pat Nagle both have family in military and police branches. Giving back to the service men and women holds a special place at all of our locations."

When asked if there's anything special event patrons should bring, Holder had some sound advice:

"Just bring an empty stomach."

To learn more about the Green Beret Foundation, visit greenberetfoundation.org.

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