Boulevardia packages beer, bands and giving back

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Organizers expected 10,000 revelers to pack the West Bottoms Friday night for the first of a 3-day festival celebrating beer and music in Kansas City. Few of those attending might know that their support of suds and songs would also benefit local charities.

Eight different organizations -- from the KC Pet Project to the Midwest Foster Care and Adoption Association -- are manning beer tents at the festival, with all tips and six percent of the event's total proceeds pledged to their causes.

"The money that we're going to bring in tonight is going to be huge for KC Pet Project," said Stephanie Bell of KC Pet Project. "The biggest thing that we are trying to fund right now is our medical fund."

Boulevardia is Boulevard Brewery's love letter to Kansas City. The local company, which was bought by Belgian brewer Duvel Moortgat, hopes to cement its legacy here by making the festival an annual event.

"It's really a citywide event," said Jeremy Ragonese, Boulevardia's president. "It's not just Boulevard's event even though it's our namesake."

The festival continues through Sunday. Tickets start at $15 and are still available .

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