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Wyeast Laboratories: Shawna McGregor,, 917-971-7852

The Next Door, Inc.: Heidi Venture,, 541-436-0303

Wyeast Laboratories, Inc. Commits $100,000 To The Next Door Through Matching Funds Program

Odell, Ore. (April 14, 2015) – Wyeast Laboratories Founder and President Jeannette (Jenny) Kreft-Logsdon has announced that the Oregon-based yeast producer will provide a matching fund donation of $100,000 to The Next Door, Inc. (NDI), an organization that is dedicated to opening doors to new possibilities by strengthening children and families and improving communities in Oregon’s Columbia Gorge.  

Jenny is the founder of Wyeast Laboratories, a leading supplier of Pure Liquid Yeast cultures and fermentation products, headquartered in the Columbia River Gorge since 1986. Today, Wyeast is a worldwide leader in the fermentation industry and the foremost craft yeast manufacturer and laboratory serving craft brewers everywhere. But in 1985, Jenny moved to Hood River with $2,000 in the bank and the idea of starting a small business while raising a family. Wyeast Laboratories formed in 1986, and two years later, Jenny was blessed with three daughters. 

“I did not have much at the time my daughters were born, and I will always remember Family Services visiting my home in the woods on a regular basis and providing coupons for formula,” Jenny recalled. “My most embarrassing moment was to ask how to fold a cloth diaper, I had never changed a diaper before and did not have a clue how to fold them. The Next Door’s Family Services was there to help.”

The Wyeast Laboratories’ Matching Fund Program benefiting The Next Door, Inc. will match dollar for dollar donations up to $100,000 by the deadline of December 31, 2015. Donated funds will support The Next Door programs including the Klahre House Alternative School, Families First, New Parent Services, Youth & Family Services, Nuestra Comunidad Sana and Treatment Services.

“The Next Door provides critical assistance to families in six Oregon and Washington counties. We see how our efforts can change lives and create success,” said Janet L. Hamada, MSW, Executive Director, The Next Door, Inc. (NDI). “Knowing about Jenny’s success story is amazing, but having her give back to the organization that played a role in supporting her family is incredible. We look forward to fundraising over the year to make the most of this generous donation.”

The Next Door, Inc., (NDI) is a 501(c)(3) Tax ID# 93-0600421 Non-Profit organization. To donate to The Next Door, please visit and select “Wyeast Laboratories Matching Fund” under the donation designation field.

For more information or to schedule an interview, please contact Shawna McGregor at or 917.971.7852.

About Wyeast Laboratories, Inc.
Since 1986, Wyeast Laboratories, Inc. has been producing Pure Liquid Yeast cultures and fermentation products crafted with skill and integrity.  Our continuing devotion to providing superior products, insightful technical expertise and helpful customer service has earned Wyeast Laboratories the reputation as a worldwide industry leader. Wyeast Laboratories, Inc. Pure Liquid Yeast cultures are shipped directly to breweries, wineries, and cideries, with purity, viability, and freshness guaranteed. For more information, visit Follow us on Twitter at @WyeastLab; Friend us on Facebook.

About The Next Door

The Next Door is a Columbia Gorge nonprofit whose mission is opening doors to new possibilities by strengthening children and families and improving communities. Staff members in over two dozen programs work with thousands of children and families in the Columbia Gorge who are struggling; to grow up strong, to stay out of trouble, to learn parenting skills, and even to learn a sustainable way to have enough food.



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