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The fest is a fundraiser for the Heritage Foundation and Rotary Club of Elmhurst, said Brian Bergheger, director of the Elmhurst History Museum, who serves on the planning committee. The event raised more than $30,000 last year, he said.
Bergheger said the Heritage Foundation started the Craft Beer Fest with the Rotary Club since they recognized a growth in the interest in craft beers.
"Since then, the growth of the local area-wide craft beer industry has grown phenomenally," Bergheger said.
The Heritage Foundation supplements the city of Elmhurst's support for the Elmhurst History Museum's programs, exhibits and school services, and the Rotary Club of Elmhurst provides financial support for social services, awards college scholarships to Elmhurst students and completes service projects on a local and international level.