Oktoberfest supports EOD Warrior Foundation

Special to The Log
Pictured (from left) are Nicole Manard , Abby Jerkins, Rachelle Zdan, Ryan Magee, Ashley Ribando, Melissa Tackitt and Mikala Chenault at Oktoberfest. [SPECIAL TO THE LOG]

HarborWalk Village at Emerald Grande’s first Oktoberfest and charity pub crawl channeled the iconic German festival celebrating community, rich foods, and Oktoberfest-style brews while benefiting a local organization dedicated to supporting those who serve.

The celebration began on Sept. 15 with a pub crawl through HarborWalk Village. More than 250 participants purchased armbands to access drink specials at participating HarborWalk Village restaurants.

Proceeds from the armband sales directly benefited EOD Warrior Foundation, raising $2,126.84 to support their mission to help EOD (Explosive Ordinance Disposal) warriors and their family members with financial relief, college scholarships, hope and wellness programs, and to provide care for the EOD Memorial Wall located at Eglin Air Force Base.

"We appreciate HarborWalk’s continued dedication and support for those who serve our country and communities and are grateful to have EOD Warrior Foundation chosen as a beneficiary for this year’s event,” said Melissa Tackitt, EOD Memorial Care and Event coordinator.

The event continued Sept. 16 with the main Oktoberfest food and drink experience complete with mini-beer steins, tastings of authentic German-style beer, and themed food vendors throughout HarborWalk Village.