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Show Me the Money: Charity on Tap

Brewfest benefits Central Pennsylvania Humane Society

The suds that made Milwaukee famous are paying off in a big way in Altoona, Pa.

That’s where the Central Pennsylvania Humane Society (CPHS) has for the past four years held its Pints for Pets Brewfest, a fundraiser that helps the 115-year-old nonprofit care for the roughly 5,000 animals who arrive annually.

For a flat $35 fee, people come to a local minor league baseball stadium to sample craft beers offered by dozens of brewers who’ve set up booths on the mezzanine. This year’s brewfest, held May 7, attracted about 75 brewers and 2,500 beer lovers, and raised about $65,000 for the CPHS. The brewfest has been the shelter’s biggest fundraiser since its inception, says CPHS executive director Mary Anslinger.

“It’s a chance for beer connoisseurs to get out and try a lot of different things in one place,” says Rick Vanevenhoven, the CPHS board president and Pints for Pets chairman, who spearheaded the fundraiser’s development. “… It’s really kind of a social activity, and it’s definitely for a cool crowd.”

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