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Reds, Whites and Brews is a doggone good time

The third annual Reds, Whites and Brews Festival, benefiting two dog-related charities, drew a crowd in and around Celebration Plaza on Saturday on a beautiful afternoon. The Sulphur Springs Animal Shelter and The Hearts of Life were the beneficiaries of the event, via Matt Dunn and Art Foster, operating through their nonprofit, The Buried Bone Foundation.

Matt Dunn said before the festival that the shelters both had specific needs that he and Foster were targeting.

“The animal shelter needs a 10x10 concrete slab for a kennel and Hearts of Life needs dog runs,” Dunn said.

The heart of the event, and how it raised money for the two animal groups, was samplings from 11 breweries and six wineries. The event will have over 45 beers.  People bought tasting cards for $25, which provided 12 tastings of beers or wines. 

Helping dogs is the primary reason for the event, Dunn said.

“We knew we wanted to do a charity for either dogs or kids, and we both have dogs,” he said. And, that turned out well.

While wine and beer tastings were the heart of the event, it had plenty of other things as well.

The Sulphur Springs Rotary Club sponsored a canine corner. It will included dog adoptions, dog training, and vendors of various canine products. The animal groups above and Lake Country Ladies were among those in the canine corner. Dunn said the Sulphur Springs Animal Shelter had two new adoptions, gained two new volunteers and received $200 in donations. Lake Country Ladies had one animal adopted. "We would like to thank everyone who made Reds, Whites and Brews such an amazing event," Dunn said. "The event would not have been possible without everyone's hard work, love and support."

Downtown area restaurants served as food vendors. And Dunn and Foster worked to get local artists among other vendors. Dunn said he wanted to promote creativity in the area.

For more about The Buried Bone Foundation, go online to www.theburiedbone.com. For updates on the event's fundraising results, go to its Facebook page at www.facebook.com/theburiedbone.

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