HeightsNEXT hosted its second annual Cheers for Beers event on Friday, May 17 at Murzyn Hall in Columbia Heights. The fundrasier, which helps fund various HeightsNEXT programs, brought together more than 30 established and emerging microbrewers from throughout metro, food trucks and music under one roof. HeightsNEXT is a non-profit organization that builds community on the tenets of sustainability, resilience, and cooperation. The organization is known for hosting fun and educational events that build strong ties between neighbors, businesses, civic organizations, and cultures.

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HeightsNEXT chairperson, Amada Márquez Simula, raises a glass to welcome attendees to the second annual Cheers for Beers event on May 17 at Murzyn Hall.

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Laura Karsjens, Danielle Matthews and Billi Sirvio attended the second annual Cheers for Beers event on May 17 to support HeightsNEXT.

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Anoka County Commissioner Mandy Meisner and Columbia Heights Councilmember Connie Buesgens mingle during the second annual Cheers for Beers event on May 17 at Murzyn Hall.

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The Blue Coconut Food Truck was dishing out Hawaiian BBQ during the second annual Cheers for Beers event on May 17 at Murzyn Hall. Options included Pulled Pork and Huli Chicken Sliders, Luau Platters and pineapple coleslaw. From left: owners Inoke and Angie Tukuafu.

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Attendees gathered on the front lawn of Murzyn Hall for laughs and food during the Cheers for Beers event on May 17. From left: Patrick Dlay, Matt Elsner, Breanna Harms and Peter Harms.

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Broken Clock Brewery, located in Northeast Minneapolis, was one of the 30-plus breweries to attend the event the Cheers for Beers event at Murzyn Hall on May 17. From left: John Hansa, Steve Heine and Jaclyn Zacharias.

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Derek Anderson and Michelle Stuart pose for a picture during the second annual Cheers for Beers fundraiser while Greg Stuart and Kara McConnell gleefully photo bomb the shot.

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