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Beer tasting event will benefit stroke survivors

Beer tasting event will benefit stroke survivors

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 Posted By: Camila Orti

corti@klkntv.com

Grab a beer and help a stroke survivor.

That's the idea behind this year's Haymarket Park Beer Fest. The event will feature dozens of local, regional and national beers, and all proceeds will help fund a camp for stroke survivors.

Each year, survivors and caregivers of all ages get a special opportunity to bond with others like them at a stroke camp in Ashland.

"It allows them to do the things that you do at camp, we sing songs, we do skits, we have wonderful food," Camp Coordinator Beth Malina said.

But it's more than just sing-a-longs and campfires. Larry Obrist, who has gone the past two years, says it's about giving survivors like himself hope for the future.

"Often they are isolated from other people who have suffered strokes and so it gives them a whole lot of new information and perspective as to how to handle things," Obrist said.

All of it takes place in a light-hearted, fun-packed September weekend.

"The routine gets going and by Sunday noon people don't wanna go home," Obrist said.

Organizers say they depend on the community to be able to put the camp on. Special events, like one taking place this weekend, go a long way.

The Haymarket Park Beer Fest is Saturday July 26 before the Saltdogs game at Haymarket Park. Coordinators say it's fundraisers like these that make the stroke camp possible.

"There's a significant amount of money that goes into being able to do it but we want to make it very minimal for our campers," Malina said.

Tickets for beer fest start at $25 with advanced purchase. Proceeds go to the stroke camp. The event kicks of at 5 p.m. and ends after the baseball game.

To buy tickets for beer fest, go to www.haymarketparkbeerfest.com.

For more information on the stroke camp, or to sign up, visit www.strokecamp.org.

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