South Carolina Restaurant and Lodging Association Launches Relief Fund to Aid Hospitality Employees

In partnership with Scofflaw Brewing Co., the South Carolina Restaurant and Lodging Association (SCRLA) has launched a relief fund to assist hospitality workers affected by the COVID-19/Coronavirus pandemic.

The primary goal of the South Carolina Hospitality Employee COVID-19 Relief Fund is to provide qualified applicants with grants to assist with immediate expenses faced by many who are facing significant financial hardship due to a lay-off, furlough or reduction in hours.

“Within a matter of days, we have seen a large number of workers in the hospitality industry either laid off or furloughed,” said John Durst, SCRLA’s President and CEO. “It is our duty to show them how much we value their work.”

Tourism in South Carolina is a record $23.8 billion industry and also the state’s largest, supporting one in every 10 jobs. More than 280,000 individuals were employed in the leisure and hospitality industry at the beginning of 2020.

Scofflaw Brewing Co. has pledged more than $20,000 to the relief fund through a generous partnership.

“Now more than ever, leaders in the alcohol and beverage industry should be doing anything they can to support hospitality industry employees, including our own. These folks have made this industry and Scofflaw what it is today, yet they face the most difficult circumstances imaginable,” says Matthew Shirah, Scofflaw Brewing Co. founder.

The funds will be redistributed to hospitality industry employees based on a simple application system. Any South Carolina resident employed at a restaurant or hotel facing significant financial hardship as a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic is eligible to apply. Click here to apply:

About the SC Restaurant and Lodging Association
In its 75th year, the SCRLA represents more than 2,200 member companies and 210,000 employees across the state. Our mission is to promote, protect and educate the foodservice and lodging industries of our state and to ensure positive business growth for our members. The SCRLA strives to represent the best interests of its members on small business issues, hospitality and tourism concerns and towards the protection of South Carolina’s quality of life. For more information, please visit

About Scofflaw Brewing Co.
Created and operated by founders Matt Shirah and Travis Herman. Since inception, Scofflaw Brewing Co. Has been recognized by Beer Advocate, Craft Beer & Brewing and USA TODAY as one of the "Best New Craft Breweries in America," and has continued to accumulate accolades such as "One of the Top 10 New Breweries in the World" by Rate Beer. The brewery working on its ninth expansion in less than four years, and continues to be one of the fastest growing breweries. For more information, please visit

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