Hop Yard 62 is joining the ranks of Eli's Warriors.

Eli's Warriors is the name of a GoFundMe campaign to assist the family of 4-year-old Grove City resident Eli Bogner.

Eli, the son of Andrea and Eddie Bogner, has been diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia and has begun an intensive three-year treatment program.

Eli's Warriors is raising funds to help with the family's medical bills and related costs.

"Andrea is a sales representative with one of the distributors we work with," said Greg Solt, who owns Hop Yard 62 with his wife, Tammy.

"Over the years, she's become more than just someone we do business with," Greg Solt said. "She's become a friend."

"When we heard the terrible news about Eli, we wanted to do something to help," Tammy Solt said. "It's the kind of thing that just hits you in the gut."

Andrea Bogner has taken a leave of absence from work to help take care of Eli as he undergoes treatment.

"The family is losing half of their income and facing some steep medical bills," Tammy Solt said.

Hop Yard 62 will host Orange for Eli, to help raise money for the family on Oct. 6.

"We'll be donating a portion of our sales that night to the family and we'll be selling tickets for a raffle of various items donated by area beer makers and distributing companies, things like souvenir glasses and beer signs," Greg Solt said.

In another fundraising effort, Hop Yard 62 is accepting tap sponsorships.

"It's sort of similar to how a company or individual sponsors a hole at a golf tournament," Tammy Solt said.

A company or individual donating at least $100 for Eli's Warriors is given sponsorship of one of the 21 taps at Hop Yard 62 through September and leading up to the Oct. 6 event.

"We're putting the name of each tap sponsor up on our big-screen television throughout the month," Tammy Solt said.

Anyone interested in sponsoring a tap should see one of Hop Yard's bartenders or email a payment through PayPal to info@hopyard62.com.

Payments can also be made with a check, credit card or cash, Greg Solt said.

"We've got 21 taps and we're hoping to get sponsors for each one so that we can raise $2,100 for Eli and his family as a start," he said.

More information is available by calling 614-746-6549.

The Eli's Warriors GoFundMe drive was initiated in June, with a goal of raising $15,000. A total of $5,086 has been raised so far.

To donate and find out more details, visit gofundme.com/ elis-warriors.

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