October 2, 2014

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Chamber backs Vermilion man’s brewery tour and film project

VERMILION — Residents in this city have always stood by one of their own, said Sandy Grisel, executive director of the Chamber of Commerce.

So Grisel and the Vermilion Chamber of Commerce stepped up to help support Lance Rice, a Vermilion resident who hopes to complete a tour of breweries in the U.S. The tour will be featured in a documentary about Rice, who has autism and a love of all things beer.

“(Lance Rice) is local. He is a Vermilion resident, so that’s near and dear to our hearts,” Grisel said.

The documentary — a project proposed by Rice’s nephew, Aaron Rice — has been backed by more than 250 people on Kick
starter.com, and a little more than $26,000 has been raised on the website, but in order to continue with the documentary, Aaron Rice said he would need to raise an additional $104,000.

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To help raise funds, the chamber has a raffle basket for the Lances’ brewery tour. Tickets are $1 each and can be purchased at the chamber’s office, 5495 Liberty Ave.

Tickets will be sold until the chamber’s Chocolate and Wine Walk on Saturday, when the winner will be announced.
Grisel said the basket is worth $125 and is geared toward Lance Rice. The basket includes beer and biking items — two of Lance’s loves.

Grisel said the Chamber of Commerce is pushing to raise the funds needed for the project before the deadline Wednesday. She said many residents do not know Lance Rice personally, but many have seen him riding his bike through town and are eager to help out with the project.

To donate, visit www.lancebrewerytour.com, and click the green “Back This Project” button next to the movie trailer. The site also contains information on the project.

The Chamber of Commerce also will collect checks made out to Jean Rice-Watson, Lance’s mother and caretaker, for those who are not comfortable donating online.

The proceeds from Lance’s Brewery Tour go to a scholarship fund for students at Vermilion High School, Lorain County Community College and Cuyahoga County Community College and also help back organizations that provide job training for the disabled, according to a news release from the Vermilion Chamber of Commerce.

Contact Chelsea Miller at 329-7123 or cmiller@chroniclet.com.