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Sample homemade sweets at My Furry Valentine. Courtesy photo.




My Furry Valentine

When: Saturday, Feb. 13, from 6 to 9 p.m.
Where: Brookstone Park Event Center 14 Route 111, Derry
Tickets: $30 per person or $50 per couple
Visit: sarlnh.org




Taste “fur” a cause
Enjoy local sips at shelter’s winter benefit

02/11/16
By Allie Ginwala aginwala@hippopress.com



Following a successful first run, the Salem Animal Rescue League’s My Furry Valentine returns for the second year, featuring wine, beer and dessert samples from local vendors to support the shelter’s animals.

“I think that people are looking for things to do in the winter time. I think they’re looking for a nice event to get out of the house and do something a bit different,” D.J. Bettencourt, director of development and community relations, said in a phone interview. “We wanted to do something that was different so we said, ‘Well, how about a wine tasting?’ And from there it grew into wine, beer and dessert.”
The winter tends to be a slow time for adoptions, Bettencourt said, which inspired the creation of the February tasting-based event. As it’s held the night before Valentine’s Day, the hope is that folks will go out for dinner and then head to My Furry Valentine for dessert or as a nightcap.
“Sometimes making those Valentine’s Day arrangements can be stressful, so we thought what better way than to offer a nice event that is stress-free?” he said. 
This year, SARL is looking to grow the event by adding more vendors and also by moving the event to its new location at Brookstone Park Event Center in Derry. Last year’s turnout was about 100 people (despite the seven or eight inches of snow that fell that day) and the goal is to see at least 150 people turn out this time around.
Grape Time Winery, Loyal Dog Winery, Fabrizia Spirits, Moonlight Meadery, Candia Road Brewing Co., Henniker Brewing Co., IncrediBREW and Border Brewing Co. will all be pouring samples. 
“New Hampshire has some amazing wineries, breweries and distilleries and … we wanted to showcase the vendors here,” Bettencourt said. “I’m excited that the vendors are from across New Hampshire, so regardless of where people are from there are going to be vendors that might be their neighbors.”
For the desserts portion of the evening, members of SARL’s board of directors and other volunteers will make and donate their favorite sweets recipes. Bettencourt said to expect cake, pastry and plenty of chocolate.
Along with the beer, wine and dessert tastings, guests can enjoy live entertainment from a DJ, raffles, a silent auction and possibly a live auction as well. 
Proceeds from My Furry Valentine will support two of SARL’S biggest expenses: food and the vetting program, which ensures that the shelter’s animals stay healthy.
“SARL is a family,” he said. “We have a family here and it’s great when you can do events like this that really bring everyone together.” 





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