The Tennessee Winter Beer Fest will return to Townsend for a fifth year on Feb. 27.

Proceeds from the event will benefit New Hope-Blount County Children’s Advocacy Center.

“These funds are huge for us because they go to support our direct services and help us be able to provide our interviews, our medical, our therapy, all our services at no charge,” New Hope’s Executive Director Tabitha Damron said.

Have an organization that does the legwork to raise funds for New Hope is a definite aid to the advocacy center, Damron said. “That is a huge help because we have such a small staff. They are an amazing group of guys and girls.”

Maryville resident Mike Adams was the guiding light for the founding of the festival. Through conversations with several friends a board was formed and a charity identified to benefit from the event.

The TNWBF has grown since its beginning, officially becoming a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in 2014.

The number of tickets remains limited to 300, but donations generated through the event have increased over the years to $16,000 in 2015.

Breweries that will be in attendance for the 2016 event are Saw Works Brewing Co., Bluetick Brewery, Fanatic Brewing Co., Depot Street Brewing, Yee-Haw Brewing Co., Balter Beerworks, Crafty Bastard Brewery, Blackhorse Brewery, Johnson City Brewing Co., Holston River Brewing Co., Last Days of Autumn Brewing and Calfkiller Brewing Co.

Several local businesses are involved with the TNWBF. The South College Professional Brewing Science Program, Knox Brew Tours and The Causal Pint are sponsoring the event. Kroger, The Talley Ho Inn, Townsend Gateway Inn, and the Highland Manor Inn are all donating 10 percent from the rooms booked for the fest back to TNWBF.

Tickets can be purchased online at www.tennesseewinterbeerfest.com or at the Casual Pint in Bearden and Maryville for $60. The ticket price includes a commemorative glass, beer and dinner catered from Miss Lily’s Café in Townsend. Designated driver tickets can be purchased for $30, which also includes dinner.

Since its inception, the festival has raised and donated $30,000 to New Hope-Blount County Children’s Advocacy Center.

Founded in 2003, New Hope, Blount County Children’s Advocacy Center is a child-friendly, safe place for child victims of sexual and physical abuse or trauma.

Joel Davis covers state and county government as a reporter at The Daily Times.

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james garland

I think it is a shame selling tickets for alcohol to benefit children hasn't alcohol done enough damage?WHAT happened to MADD?

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