For the second year in a row, Two Kilts Brewery hosted its annual Autism Family Fun Fest drawing a crowd twice as large as last year to the brewery located off Tualatin-Sherwood Road.
The May 6 event was held to benefit an organization called FIDGETECH, a start-up which trains young adults on the autism spectrum to learn a variety of technologies. The festivities began with a BBQ featuring Sam's NW BBQ and food sponsored by nearby vendors and community members.
Later, a raffle drawing featured prizes donated by several local businesses including 99W Trailers, Al's Garden Center and GrowlerWerks. In addition, two live music acts performed and free face painting was provided for children.
The Fun Fest doubled in its popularity from the previous year, attracting over 200 people, according to Danika Sitter, co-owner of Two Kilts. Two Kilts and FIDGETECH are already in plans for a third event next year on an even grander scale to be announced later.
The goal of the event was to generate excitement for FIDGETECH in an effort to expand its organization and locations. It was also designed to raise awareness for technical employment opportunities for those diagnosed with autism.
According to the National Autism Society, approximately 90 percent of American adults on the autism spectrum are unemployed or underemployed and 70 percent will be unable to live independently. Moreover, the Northwest region has one of the highest autism rates among 6- to 17-year-olds in America, according to data reported by the U.S. Department of Education.
Sherwood's Two Kilts Brewing Co., founded in 2011, is owned and operated by Sitter, Alex McGaw and Bryan Fischer.
It is known for producing high quality craft beer, which is currently distributed in Oregon with plans to expand distribution to Washington, California and Idaho.