The Beer for Brains Foundation (BFBF) is hosting the first annual RAREaffair™ event to raise money for brain tumor research. Louis Dolgoff started the Beer for Brains Foundation after his wife of 30 years, Laurie, died of a glioblastoma multiforme: a malignant cancerous tumor that develops from nerve tissue. Laurie was diagnosed with brain cancer and died 29 months later, prompting Louis to establish the Beer for Brains Foundation in her honor.

The foundation is a national, non-profit organization of craft-beer lovers, distributors and brewers who are committed to raising public awareness about brain cancer. Based in Peoria, AZ, since 2009, the foundation is one of the only beer industry-related charities currently operating in the United States.

Each year, the BFBF stages unique, large-scale craft-beer fundraising events across the country, working independently or in partnership with breweries and local organizations. The events run the gamut from open parties featuring huge assortments of rare, craft beers and an equally diverse – and off-beat – assortment of foods and entertainers to local chef beer/wine food pairing competitions, special craft-beer education dinners and much more. BFBF events are all about having fun while supporting a worthy cause.

Join hundreds of fine food, wine, beer and spirit lovers at the RAREaffair™, Saturday, November 5th, 2011 at the Talking Stick Resort in Scottsdale. Guests will experience:

• 75+ Rare Craft-Beers

• Exclusive Wines

• Select Spirits and Cigars

• Gourmet Cuisine

• Live Band and Entertainment

• Silent Auction, Raffles and Door Prizes

In addition to Dolgoff, several local names participate in making these events happen each year including Beau MacMillan, Executive Chef of Elements at Sanctuary on Camelback and Iron Chef America “Battle American Kobe Beef” winner, Chuck Noll, Fine Beer Czar and Certified Cicerone, and Paula Hardison, retired executive director for The Wellness Community – Arizona.

“Laurie was the love of my life,” Louis says. “I can’t help her anymore, but through the foundation, I hope to help others stricken with brain cancer to support groundbreaking work at the new Barrow Brain Tumor Research Center, which is associated with the Barrow Neurological Clinic, and other worthy brain tumor research institutions throughout the U.S.”

General admission tickets are $75, $175 for VIP and $30 for designated drivers. To purchase tickets for the event or learn more about the foundation, visit the Beer for Brains Foundation website at