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Craft beer lovers raise crucial money for Houston veterans with an early Valentines

Craft beer lovers raise big bucks for veterans with early Valentines

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Veterans for Valentines raised some important cash at Saint Arnold brewery. Isn't that a cute card? Photo by © Candace Garcia
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Organizer Nishta Mehra addresses the crowd.  Photo by © Candace Garcia
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Participants created hundreds of valentines for veterans.  Photo by © Candace Garcia
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Ruthie Miller and Greg Lopp supervise the silent auction. Photo by © Candace Garcia
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Saint Arnold's Lenny Ambrose welcomes donors.  Photo by © Candace Garcia
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Making veterans smile. Photo by © Candace Garcia
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Craft skills are key.  Photo by © Candace Garcia
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Smile! Photo by © Candace Garcia
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Showing off their handiwork.  Photo by © Candace Garcia
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The event raised over $4,000. Photo by © Candace Garcia
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What: Fifth Annual Valentines for Veterans

Where: Saint Arnold Brewing Company

The 411: More than 300 people gathered at the Saint Arnold brewery for Valentines for Veterans. Now in its fifth year, the event has grown from a spontaneous gathering of friends at Anvil to an organized event that raised more than $4,000 for Expedition Balance.

"Expedition Balance works with post-combat veterans who are dealing with combat trauma and post traumatic stress. It helps them through things like yoga, meditation and outdoor trips to create a real community with veterans supporting veterans," organizer Nishta Mehra tells CultureMap. "It’s a local, Houston-based organization. That’s why we love supporting them . . . they’re dealing directly with Houston vets." 

For $10, attendees got to enjoy Saint Arnold beer and make crafts. They created hundreds of valentines which will be mailed to veterans across the country. A bake sale and raffle helped raise funds. Blood Bros. BBQ and Taco Nuts donated a portion of their proceeds as well.

Who: Amber and Lennie Ambrose, Ruthie Miller, Joanne Witt, Katharine Shilcutt, Sharon Stinson and Greg Lopp, Rebecca Masson, Liz Fenton and Jody Stevens

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