The Learning Tree

Founded in 1983, The Learning Tree is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing educational and residential services for children and adolescents with developmental disabilities, including autism.

Growlers for Good Beer and Wine Tasting is hosting a fundraiser to benefit The Learning Tree's Growing Independence Behavioral Services on June 22 in Montgomery.

The event is set for the Goat Haus Biergarten located at 532 Clay St.

"The funds raised will go toward scholarships for our children to get the important therapies needed to excel in school," The Learning Tree's Resource Development coordinator Stephanie Weldon said.

The cost is $10 for eight craft beer tastings and $10 for eight wine tastings. A blues band will play during dinner. 

Twenty percent of the proceeds from the food purchased will go to The Learning Tree.

"We encourage everyone to come out and have a good time while supporting a great cause," Weldon said.

Because The Learning Tree is a nonprofit organization, it relies heavily on fundraisers such as this to maintain its services. The Learning Tree receives government grant funding but it’s not enough to cover all the expenses.

"We maintain 10 group homes," Weldon said. "We do get grant funding but that grant funding just doesn't cover everything."

Founded in 1983, The Learning Tree is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing educational and residential services for children and adolescents with developmental disabilities, including autism.

Today, more than 600 children and families are served each year from more than 30 counties across Alabama. The majority of the children, ages 2½ to 21, have significant language and communication difficulties as well as challenging behaviors.

Currently, one in every 68 children is diagnosed with a form of autism, a complex developmental disability typically appearing during the first three years of a child's life as the result of a neurological disorder affecting the normal functioning of the brain.

For more information about the fundraiser, contact Weldon at 334-415-9372 or sweldon@learning-tree.org.