A buzz went around on social media and people and pups jammed the outside patio at Starr Hill Brewery in Crozet Saturday, August 9, for “Pints for Pups” for a fundraiser for a dog park at Claudius Crozet Park. The dog park will be a one-acre, fenced-in area where dogs can run off leash.
Many of the attendees had never been to Starr Hill before and came specifically to support the dog park. For each pint sold, Starr Hill donated a dollar to the park. Between pints sold and donations made on the patio, almost $1,000 was raised.
Kristin Dolan, co-founder of Starr Hill Brewery, helped to organize the event. “Pints for Pups was a great way for Starr Hill to connect to our community and our furry friends. We were able to help support a cause that is important to us, our customers, and the town of Crozet. Everyone had a great afternoon enjoying beer for the cause, meeting each other’s pups, and learning about the project.”
Dolan said the brewery is looking for another date this fall to repeat the event. Look for an announcement.
Building the dog park will cost about $34,000, according to Ellen Braun of the fundraising team. “That covers brush clearing, gates, fencing, a water supply, and some landscaping,” she said. “Based on this event and generous private donations, we have a little under $30,000 left to raise. Crozet is a pet-friendly town and we love seeing community members take actions that match the enthusiastic support we heard in the recent 2014 Crozet Park survey.”
For more information, visit the Crozet Dog Park Facebook page at: www.facebook.com/crozetdogpark or website: www.crozetdogpark.org.