(WRCB) -- Kelly Wilson, Director of Marketing for CraftWorks Restaurants & Breweries, Inc., presented a $150,000 check of proceeds from the 17th Annual Southern Brewers Festival hosted by Big River Grille & Brewing Works to Chattanooga's Kids on the Block.

The one-day event held last August at Ross's Landing in downtown Chattanooga featured over 75 craft-brewed premium ales and lagers and a variety of food vendors including Big River's signature festival-fare along with everything from Tex-Mex dishes and lemonade to gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches to Philly-style cheese steaks and fries.  The festival's featured entertainers included the Grammy Award Winning band Los Lobos headlining the event, along with The New Familiars, Anders Osborne and Railroad Earth.  

"This past year's event was the largest ever with over 32 regional brewers and over 12,000 people in attendance," said Ms. Wilson. "We are thrilled to present this check to Chattanooga's Kids on the Block as this will help them continue their mission of educating children and giving them skills to stay safe and healthy. Big River Grille takes pride in philanthropic efforts within our communities and is privileged to give back by helping provide unique educational opportunities for children and adults within our region. We sincerely believe in the work that Chattanooga's Kids on the Block does in our region and we are proud to be able to help make a difference in the lives of others."

For the past six consecutive years, Chattanooga's Kids on the Block has been the recipient of the proceeds from the Southern Brewers Festival. During the span of this partnership, Big River Grille & Brewing Works has presented over $700,000 from to the organization.

"It continues to be a pleasure to work with the team from Big River Grille & Brewing Works on the Southern Brewers Festival," said Kelly Williams, Executive Director of Chattanooga's Kids on the Block. "The annual proceeds from each festival mark the largest single donation Chattanooga's Kids on the Block receives each year. The positive impact this donation has on our area is priceless."

According to Ms. Williams, the contributions from the Southern Brewers Festivals have allowed Chattanooga's Kids on the Block to make tremendous accomplishments. For the past 32 years, Chattanooga's Kids on the Block has featured life size puppets designed to teach children and adults about social concerns and differences in a non-threatening manner, giving them skills to stay safe and healthy.  

The programs are free of charge to schools in 14 counties in Tennessee and North Georgia thanks to funding from United Way, Tennessee Department of Children's Services, Community Foundation of Greater Chattanooga, Lyndhurst Foundation Chattanooga Area Brain Injury Association, Tennessee Donor Services, BASF, Sertoma Club of Chattanooga, Kiwanis Club of Chattanooga, Chattanooga Civitan Club, Ronald McDonald House Charities, individual donors and fundraising events such as Southern Brewers Festival.