Gainesville, Florida -- The Florida Park Service Ranger Association has partnered with First Magnitude Brewing Company to help raise awareness and funds to support Florida’s park rangers in times of need. First Magnitude has brewed a special beer, P.A.R.K. Pale Ale, which is inspired by the rangers who work to protect, acquire, restore and keep Florida’s 175 state parks. Our state park system has won multiple national awards for their quality and experience, due in large part to the dedication of its rangers.
The partners held a very successful Party for the P.A.R.K.s! on September 14 to launch P.A.R.K. Pale Ale, a bright, refreshing pale ale brewed with Florida oranges and canned with four unique, bold park-inspired designs. Live music and food trucks kept the party going and there were special P.A.R.K. Pale Ale and Florida Park Ranger Association items for sale.
Donations collected during the day along with a portion of the sales of P.A.R.K. Pale Ale benefit the Florida Park Service Ranger Association, which provides assistance when park rangers face financial hardships and need support.
“Over the last 26 years, the Florida Park Service Ranger Association has distributed more than $148,000 to more than 180 park rangers in times of need,” said Michelle Waterman, president of the Florida Park Service Ranger Association. “Our partnership with First Magnitude Brewing Company will help us continue that assistance when our park rangers face economic hardship from natural disasters or other events outside their control.”
First Magnitude Brewery believes in doing their best to help their community and environment. “We love our state parks and all of the incredible places they protect. We have great respect for park rangers and the work they do. Brewing P.A.R.K. Pale Ale to help support rangers in times of need is a win-win for us” said Christine Denny, President and Co-Founder.
The mission of the Florida Park Service Ranger Association is to support the Florida Park Service, while striving to perpetuate the family atmosphere and provide assistance to past and present employees in need.