It is March once again and beautiful things are happening in Sonoma County. The sun is finally shining, flowers are blooming, and birds are chirping. Wild animals are also coming into their breeding season. Litters of raccoons, skunks, and opossums are filling dens and tree crevices. If something happens to mom, hit by a car or trapped by a property owner, these babies are then orphans and will be brought to our center where we give them the care they need to go back out and live on their own in the wild. Every orphaned raccoon that we admit needs formula, vaccinations, a microchip, de-wormers; the list goes on and on. Each individual raccoon costs an average of 500 dollars from the time it comes in, to the time it is big enough to be released and it is up to us to gain the funds to raise these babies.

We decided as a staff to get a fundraiser together to help with the extra costs of baby season. We had heard only positive things about holding events at the Lagunitas Brewing Company, but we never imagined it would be so amazing. Don Chartier, the contact for nonprofits planning events with Lagunitas was friendly and extremely helpful every step of the way.

As we walked into the brewery on the day of the event, we were greeted by a jovial and extremely accommodating staff. They were ready to help us arrange tables, set up our food and drinks, get the band set up, and put the raffle together. The beer sanctuary was sunny and warm, the perfect place to sit and enjoy a nice, cold beer.  All of their signature home brewed beers were available to the guests in the tap room, and all of the proceeds from the bar were donated to SCWR.

Lagunitas Brewing Company is a great local business with delicious beer and a fun tap room. But more than that, they support the local community with their donations. They set aside every Monday and Tuesday for nonprofit fundraisers free of charge and donate all of the proceeds during the events. They also donate as much beer as needed for nonprofit events at other locations.

We are grateful to Lagunitas Brewery for helping us and giving so much back to our community. Show them your support by visiting their tap room or going on a free tour of the brewery at 1280 North McDowell Boulevard in Petaluma.