TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. - The Village at Squaw Valley and the Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe teamed up to put on two successful events this summer which netted $30,000 for operating expenses for the local humane society.The Brews Jazz & Funk event paired great music by Orgone, Ivan Neville's Dumpstaphunk, George Porter Jr. & his Runnin' Pardners, Robert Walter's trio and more with a selection of brew samplings from Sierra Nevada, Deschutes to Lagunitas and many other micro and macro beers.In August the Peaks & Paws event blended animal-themed vendors, wine tasting, Lagunitas beer, a 3K Mutt Strut, a Fetch Fest competition as well as two days of incredible bluegrass. Bands included Emmit-Nershi, who flew in for the event, Dead Winter Carpenters, Head for the Hills, David Jacob Strain, The Iguanas and Tony Furtado. Bison, who performed on a second stage to compliment the wine tasting wowed the crowds with their string-filled energy. Both events, which produced six hours of continuous live music each day, were well attended by humans and pets alike."It's rare to be able to bring your pet to a concert or event in our area," said Stephanie Jensen Nistler, executive director of HSTT. "It was wonderful to see so many happy dogs and people enjoying all that these events had to offer. We are grateful to the community for coming out and supporting us."Proceeds from beer and wine sales, the $5 entry donation, T-shirt sales and raffle ticket sales contributed to the funds raised for HSTT in addition to support received from sponsors including Truckee Tahoe Pet Lodge, Laguintas Brewing Co, Hearts Companion, Sierra Nevada, Bare Bones Work Wear, Nature's Select, Dog Watch Hidden Fences, Deschutes, Larkspur Hotel and the Crystal Bay Club & Casino.Special thanks to the Squaw Village Neighbourhood Company and to everyone who showed their support by attending, donating and enjoying themselves thoroughly."We are thrilled with the outcome of these events. Every penny of the $30,000 raised will go directly toward helping us save the lives of homeless pets that really need us," said Nistler. Mark your calendars for these two events coming back to Squaw Valley next year. Brews Jazz & Funk is slated for Aug. 10 and 11, 2013 and Peaks & Paws will return Aug. 24 and 25, 2013.These successful events help the Humane Society with their operating expenses. For those who haven't heard, the HSTT has another pressing need for fundraising. While they have had tremendous success to date raising several million dollars to fund the construction of a new animal shelter, unfortunately, due to higher than anticipated construction costs, the organization has encountered a shortfall. They now face an urgent need to raise additional funds.To address this need, the Humane Society has re-launched its Heroes Now & Forever campaign to raise the final $1 million dollars needed to build the new animal shelter which has already begun construction on Stockrest Springs Road in Truckee. To become a hero and contribute to this campaign, or for more info visit www.HSTT.org or call 530-587-5948.
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