Brewing Up Business Drink and Learn Stuff: The Business of Charity


Here we go again! The Bareknuckle team is gearing up for the Brewing Up Business Quarterly Event: Drink and Learn Stuff. This quarter, we’re talking about how your businesses pay it forward, give back to the community, and help to those in need. That’s right, it’s time to get real about the Business of Charity.

We’re pleased to invite Roy Tuscany, Sarah Carmona Zink, and Michael Tragash to lead the discussion as our panelists. Our panelists will blow the head right off your brewski once you hear their phenomenal stories and insights. We’re incredibly thankful these brilliant people agreed to chat with us.


Roy Tuscany

brewing up business renoRoy Tuscany is the founder of High Fives Non-Profit Foundation and former world record holder for the most high fives in 24 hours.

After graduating from the University of Vermont with a degree in Mechanical Engineering, Roy headed out west to pursue his dream of becoming a professional free-skier. In 2006, he suffered a life-altering spinal cord injury that left him paralyzed from the waist down.

As an adventure seeker at heart, Roy turned to the financial and community support of his own recovery into a pay-it-forward adventure with the creation of High Fives Non-Profit Foundation.

Now, with over 10 years of experience in the non-profit sector, High Fives serves over 235 individuals, including veterans and people with disabilities, helping them find the superhero within and enjoy outdoors sports again.

Roy has received the “Spirit Inspires” award from Disabled Sports and has shared his story and passion for community sports as a speaker for LuLuLemon, Idaho Boys and Girls Club, Reliant Rehab, Squaw Valley and has been featured on ESPN and in the Huffington Post.


Michael Tragash

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Michael Tragash is a community advocate, connector and storyteller, who also happens to be’s Reno Community Director.

Mike’s mission is to tell the #storiesbehindstorefronts, connecting us with local businesses, organizations and great places to have fun in our community.

Combining synergistic partnerships, creative marketing, engaging social media campaigns, interactive events, Yelp Reno’s Local newsletter, and strong local media relationships, he’s able to shine a spotlight on the brave business owners, non-profit professionals, and event organizers who have chosen to share their passions with us.

Ask Michael, Mike, Mikey for a recommendation and you’ll not only find out where to go, but also who you’ll meet walking in and a little bit about what makes that business so special. When he’s not sharing stories one-on-one, he’s keeping us connected as a recurring contributor to Mornings On Fox 11, Alice 96.5, Edible-Reno Tahoe, and most other local media outlets. He’s been named one of the American Advertising Federation’s “Ad People of The Year,” and “Influencer of the Year” by the American Marketing Association, and recognized by state and local government for his work in spreading the good word about everything in the Biggest Little City.


Sarah Carmona Zink

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Sarah Carmona Zink is a highly successful Real Estate Broker and Business Owner who takes pride in her family, friends and professional relationships.

As a Carson City native and graduate of the University of Nevada, Reno with a Bachelor of Science in Economics, Sarah provides her team with knowledge of forecasting and trends in the local market. The awards she’s received can’t encompass the heart she puts in to every group, cause and effort she’s involved in, but there’s definitely a list worth recognizing.

In 2016, she received the prestigious Reno Gazette Journal/Young Professionals Network’s Twenty Under 40 Award. In 2016 and 2018, she was recognized as the leader of the #4 Latino Millennial Team in the Nation by the National Association of Hispanic Realtors. NAHREP also recognized her as a member of the top 250 Latino Agents in the Nation from 2012-2018.

Sarah serves on the Board of Directors for Reno-Tahoe Young Professional’s Network and is the co-chair for the Twenty Under 40 committee. She is currently the youngest member of the Renown Health Foundation Board of Directors. 

Sarah is also the Co-Founder of the Dreams Foundation, Inc., which has donated close to $535,000 to our community’s dreams since its creation in 2012. Their main objective is to give to people who pay it forward, partnering with other non-profits like Renown Health Foundation, Human Society, AIDs Foundation of Nevada, Solace Tree, CARE Chest of Sierra Nevada, Veterans’ House and many more.

Sarah’s current passion project is the Renown NICU. Her son, who was born with was born with Gastroschisis, spent 28 days in the NICU after he was born. This experience changed Sarah forever. She currently holds a NICU Preemie and Newborn Pajama Drive every 2 years to supply small pajamas and blankets that are not covered in their budget.


Still Need Tickets? Grab’em Before They’re Gone!

Space is limited for our quarterly event, so grab your tickets today to reserve a seat. We’ll see you February 20, 5:30pm at Cathexes!