There is more to Suwanee Beer Fest than unlimited beer and St. Paddy’s Day revelry. Each year, the festival proudly benefits a local charity organization. The 2019 event donated more than $8,000 of festival proceeds to Cooper’s Crew, a Suwanee-based nonprofit formed in memory and honor of Cooper O’Brien, a North Gwinnett Middle School student who lost his battle to Clear Cell Sarcoma in 2014 at the young age of 14. To date, the Cooper O’Brien Scholarship Fund has donated more than $25,000 in the form of scholarships for other young students who have shown great strength in the face of hardships. They are also dedicated to providing funding for research and development to help find a cure for childhood cancer. To date, Suwanee Beer Fest organizers have donated over $100,000 of festival proceeds to local charities, such as Cooper’s Crew.