Days after news that its co-owner was accused of battering an ex-girlfriend, 7venth Sun Brewery has announced a Break the Silence fundraiser to raise awareness and money for local charities serving victims of domestic violence.
Break the Silence will be held on Oct. 7 from noon to 11 p.m. at 7venth Sun’s breweries in Dunedin and Seminole Heights, featuring beer from 7venth Sun and donated by a dozen local breweries.
7venth Sun said 100 percent of proceeds from the beer, which includes some local brewers "most coveted beers" and some "7venth Sun special kegs" will be donated to The Spring of Tampa Bay and CASA St. Petersburg.
7venth Sun will also collect cash donations and supplies, such as personal care items and kitchen essentials, to be donated to those charities. Supplies can be dropped off on the event day, or any time leading up to it.
CASA maintains a list of its most-needed items at casa-stpete.org/news,july-2018-wish-list.
"Domestic Violence is something that many women live with in silence. Often because they are too afraid or embarrassed to reach out to friends or family members, or ties have been cut to their support systems," a Facebook post announcing the event said. "Domestic Violence has directly impacted 7venth Sun and it is for this reason we are hosting a fundraiser called Break the Silence."
On Monday, news broke that the award-winning brewery’s co-founder, 35-year-old Justin Stange, had been charged with misdemeanor battery of an ex-girlfriend. A police report states that the ex-girlfriend told police that Stange hit her three or four times with a closed fist in the early hours of June 3.
7venth Sun Brewery’s other owner, Devon Kreps, told the Tampa Bay Times she has also been abused by Stange and is seeking to sever business ties with him while keeping the popular breweries open.
The event will also include food and a silent auction.