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September 03, 2007 - Plans Underway for a "Toast To Michael Jackson" to Raise Funds To Fight Parkinson's Disease
A revamped Beer Hunter website has the most up-to-date information on the Michael Jackson Toast and will continue to be updated as the event moves toward reality.

[UPDATE 1- 1 Sep 07] It appears that the planners for a national "Toast to Michael Jackson" will most likely push things back from the original September 12 date, probably to September 30, to allow them more time to organize the event.

The new date would be one month from Jackson's death in London on this past Thursday.

[ORIGINAL STORY- 31 Aug 07]

Tom Peters of Monk’s Café has started a campaign to “raise a glass to our good friend Michael and raise some cash for the National Parkinson Foundation” with an email sent out last night to several beer industry movers and shakers. The proposal calls for “a national toast” on Wednesday, September 12, 2007 at 9PM Eastern Time (6pm West Coast) in honor of Michael Jackson, who died at his home in London yesterday.

Details are still in flux but the idea is to use that event and possibly some activity or a both during the Great American Beer Festival in Denver October 11-13 to raise funds for a major donation in Jackson’s name to the National Parkinson Foundation. Jackson announced last year that he was suffering from Parkinson’s but there is no indication yet as whether that contributed to his death.

More details as they become available.—JACK CURTIN