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Second try the charm for tour of breweries


VERMILION — Lance’s Brewery Tour, a Vermilion autistic man’s journey to breweries across the U.S., reached and exceeded its funding goal for the project.

The project received more than $16,000 in funding by Friday, with 305 backers on the project’s page on the Kickstarter website. The page asks supporters to offer monetary donations to fund Vermilion resident Lance Rice’s journey to various breweries.

Rice will then write a book about breweries — a longtime dream of his. The idea for the tour was proposed by Rice’s nephew, Aaron Rice, a filmmaker and actor who lives in California.

Aaron Rice launched his campaign, Beer.Autism.Hope, in April, and since then, it has garnered national media attention.

The project was first launched with the intention of raising $130,000, but Aaron Rice said he would scale back in order to accomplish his uncle’s goal with a new goal of $15,000. The two will go to six states, but they could visit New York, New England and the Northeast with $25,000 in funding, according to their Kickstarter page.

Proceeds from the book and a movie from Lance’s Brewery Tour will 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.

Contact Chelsea Miller at 329-7123 or

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