NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) – Coastal Fermentory is hosting an event to help raise money for the Richneck Elementary School teacher shot by her 6-year-old student.

Police say 25-year-old Abby Zwerner was shot in the chest by her first grade student, while teaching a class. Police say she is stable and is talking with loved ones.

The brewery, with the support of Zwerner’s family, is hosting the Drink Beer and Do Good: Abby Zwerner” event.

The event is Wed., Jan. 18, from 5:30 to 9 p.m.

“10% of sales and 100% of tips will be donated directly to the GoFundMe set up for Abby’s recovery,” a Facebook post about the event states.

Zwerner’s twin sister Hannah shared the event on Facebook.

“If you’re in the area, please come support Abby,” she said. “If you are unable to attend, please consider donating directly to or sharing Abby’s GoFundMe.”

As of Friday, Zwerner’s GoFundMe has more than five thousand donors and is more than halfway to its goal of $250,000.


The Newport News brewery regularly hosts “Drink Beer and Do Good” events. Last week, it was in support of human trafficking awareness.