Fundraiser hopes to help build Firestone Dog Park
The first of many fundraisers for a dog park at Firestone Park took place at Birdfish Brewing Company in Columbiana.
Birdfish Brewing Company has been donating a dollar for every Park IPA brew sold throughout the year to a golf fund project at Firestone Park, but for this event, the Park IPA was renamed temporarily as "Bark" IPA, and some money from sales for today will help man and woman's furry best friends.
Jonathan Dunn, part-owner of Bridfish Brewing Co. said, "We are donating a dollar for every beer sold as the Bark IPA, as we are calling it today, to the Dog Park fundraiser."
Several businesses including Frytanic Food Truck known for its fries, and Lamppost Farm held a "hot diggity dog" event donating two dollars for every hot dog sold at the Saturday event.
Kidney Doctor Prakash Roy, who is normally busy helping people, was cooking up a classic Southern India breakfast called Dolsa to help raise funds. He and his wife recently had a dog pass away.
"I decided to cook the breakfast and whatever we collect here can go to the charity for the dog park," said Roy.
Dan McRoberts from Rogers was with friends enjoying the event. "We stopped out today to support the fundraiser for the Firestone Dog Park in Columbiana for the Dolsa Food Truck event. The dogs and their owners will enjoy it, said McRoberts.
Councilman and committee member Richard McBane who was with his dogs and who donated himself, tells us around $80,000 is needed for this project.
McBane said, "We've so far have raised a little less than $20,000 and we have a lot of events planned over the next few months to try and get more people to donate money."
McBane also told WFMJ news if the organization raises $20,000 by the end of April a private donor will match it.
A GoFundMe donation page has been set up called Firestone Dog Park.
People can also made donations at the website through a link on the website restorecolumbiana.com