I was disappointed and shocked by the letter I read Sunday concerning the Imperial County Film Commission's fourth annual Beer Tasting Extravaganza coming Saturday at the Barbara Worth Golf Resort.
To Mr. Pate, who wrote the article and wanted an explanation, I will certainly provide one.
Let me start by saying the Imperial County Film Commission is a non-profit organization that markets the Imperial Valley for filming, which in return generates vast revenues for local businesses. Approximately $2 million to $3 million are spent in the Imperial Valley annually by the film industry. The money goes straight to local businesses, not to the ICFC. (I think we can all agree the Imperial Valley greatly benefits and needs the filming industry.) The ICFC is supported by contributions, memberships and fund raisers.
The "beer tasting advertisement" referred to in your letter is an upcoming fund raiser the Barbara Worth Golf Resort kindly started four years ago in support of the ICFC. To my knowledge there has not been a single drunken driving accident due to this event. However, for safety precautions there will be designated drivers available that evening.