It’s that time of year again! Pumpkin spice, beautiful fall colors – and the annual C2 Bottle Drop!

Islands of Brilliance is an organization that creates art, design, and technology workshop curricula for neurodiverse students on the autism spectrum. Every year IoB holds an event in November called Colors & Chords, a fundraiser that pairs local bands with prominent local artists onstage for a 30 minute set. In addition, multiple participatory art installations are staged in the balcony, inviting audience members to engage in art and creativity throughout the evening. Money raised at the event helps sustain existing programming, develop new STEM related programming, provide scholarships, and help with new equipment purchases. This year’s fundraiser is on Thursday, November 10th – read more about the event here!

C2 participates in the C&C event by coordinating and “hosting” the Bottle Pull portion at the fundraiser. We collect (unopened) bottles of wine and spirits (value $20+) from businesses, retailers and individuals. Each bottle is randomly labeled with a number, and at the event, attendees pay to pull a numbered cork from a bucket. Whatever number they pull corresponds to the number on the bottle. Guests could potentially win a $20 bottle of wine, or (as we have some amazing donors!) a $100 bottle of bourbon – it’s all a game of chance! We need 200 (unopened) bottles of liquor and wine donated for the 2022 event in order to raise $4000 for Islands of Brilliance.
To facilitate this, we’ve partnered with our friends at Great Lakes Distillery to offer you a fun bottle donation drop-off location. Bring a bottle in, or buy one there!

As a grateful thank you for each (non GLD) bottle donated, you get a ticket good for $2 off any craft cocktail that evening. If you purchase a bottle at Great Lakes, you get $3 off your purchase! Win-win!

Let’s toast to Milwaukee’s outstanding and generous creative and business communities!

Can’t make it to the Bottle Drop? Donate cash here to purchase bottles. Want to donate a bottle but can’t get to Great Lakes Distillery that night? Email us at and we’ll arrange for pick-up or drop-off!

Islands of Brilliance is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. All donations are tax deductible.TAX ID #47-1249195


In addition, IOB invites you to consider sharing your story to help raise funds during their Power of Ten Fundraising Challenge!

They make it easy with their Downloadable Power of Ten Fundraising Challenge kit, full of information, ideas, and images to help get you started on a brilliant path.

Many Thanks to our 2022 Bottle Drop & Pull Partners!