Beer, wine and spirits tasting party benefits animal groups

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RENO, NV (KOLO) The 8th annual Ben’s Benefit Fundraiser is a wine, beer and spirit tasting party in support of Art Paws. Your $15 donation at the door granted you access to sample a huge variety of wines, beers and spirits Thursday.

The event took place at Ben’s Fine Wine and Spirits at Moana and Lakeside in Reno. Samples of foods were provided by Pizza Factory and others, along with live music, raffle and rich silent auction.

"It's great to have people come and support Art Paws, because Art Paws itself supports four organizations with our grants, plus we're a fundraising platform for two more so in one day we help six organizations, so to have this event before that to really gives us a nice boost is really helpful," Michelle McHardy, event coordinator for Art Paws, said.

Proceeds from the event will benefit four local organizations. Art Paws partners with the Biggest Little Dog Park, so it will receive one portion for maintenance and upkeep. One portion goes to Underdog Grant winner Palomino Valley Pet Rescue. A third goes to the Artie’s Art Grant winner, The Holland Project, and a final portion will be determined with on-site voting with a People’s Choice Award.

Art Paws is part of the annual Artown Festival.

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