November 24—Visit your favorite local craft brewery on Saturday, and chances are a portion of your bill will help support survivors and victims of the November 19 mass shooting at Club Q.
More than 20 local breweries have signed up to participate in the “Brews for Q” fundraiser, agreeing to donate a portion of daily sales to charitable campaigns set up after the attack that left five dead and 18 injured. just before midnight, at the popular LGBTQ+ dance club in Colorado Springs.
At Peaks N’ Pines, $2 from a pint sold every Saturday will go to verified campaigns to raise money for people injured in the shooting and the families of those killed, said brewery owner Teresa Vieira, who helped organize the fundraising.
On Sunday and Monday morning, Vieira said she and other brewers were already making plans to organize a fundraiser to benefit victims of the attack.
That was before they learned that members of the Colorado Springs “brewer family” were among the injured, and that the hero who helped stop the carnage was one of them.
Richard Fierro, the “hero vet” who helped tackle and disarm the six-foot-tall suspected gunman — he stopped the gunfire and kept the suspect pinned down until police arrived — is a member of the city’s tight-knit brewing community.
Fierro and his wife Jessica opened their award-winning Atrevida Beer Co. in 2018. trying to escape the shooter. Kassy’s friend and longtime friend of the Fierro family, 22-year-old Raymond Green Vance, was among the victims.
“It was never the question, should we do something? It was, what are we doing? Even before we knew one of us was involved,” Vieira said. “When we found that out, that just kicked it into high gear.”
With so many of Atrevida’s core staff recovering from injuries — not to mention the trauma they’ll likely spend the rest of their lives dealing with — the Colorado Springs brewing community is doing everything it can to help, Vieira said.
With financial support, to help with recovery outside the professional sphere, but also with entrepreneurship, if necessary.
“If they need someone to help brew beer, or at the counter, we’re there for them,” said Vieira. “It’s just an unbelievable horror. I can’t imagine what the families are going through, what poor Jessica and Rich and Kassy struggle with every day… and now, for the rest of their lives. But they know we’re here .” for them, however they need us.”
On Wednesday morning, Richard Fierro posted an emotional message on his personal Facebook page thanking the community for the support.
“I am humbled to have known you all. I am a better man to have met you all. To see such a burst of love…my family and I are blessed to have you all in our lives, ” he wrote. “This event has changed our journey forever, but knowing the love of you helps us take another step forward.
“Love to all of you who support our little family, brewery and life’s journey,” he wrote. “I owe each of you a hug and gratitude for being a part of our lives.”