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Bigsby’s Folly Mixes Wine with Philanthropy to Support Morris Animal Foundation

Sept. 19 Yappy Hour Part of Four-month Fundraising Campaign to Advance Animal Health

August 31, 2017 – For Marla and Chad Yetka, co-owners and founders of Bigsby’s Folly Craft Winery & Restaurant in Denver, giving to causes that benefit animals is just as important as caring for customers at their new winery. Bringing both passions together, the couple has dedicated their corporate philanthropic efforts to raising funds for Morris Animal Foundation, and other animal-related nonprofits, through wine sales, biscuit-filled wine bottles, special events and more.

“When we began planning for the winery, we knew an important part of what we wanted to do was give back to organizations that help animals,” said Marla Yetka. “Morris Animal Foundation is near and dear to my heart, and the decision to kick off our winery opening with the Foundation as our first charitable cause was an easy to make.”

Bigsby’s Folly is named for the Yetkas’ first golden retriever, Bigsby, who died of cancer. Snickers, their current golden, is enrolled in Morris Animal Foundation’s Golden Retriever Lifetime Study. The study is following a population of golden retrievers throughout their lives to identify the genetic, environmental, nutritional and lifestyle risk factors associated with cancer and other major diseases in dogs.

With the winery’s opening in June 2017, sales began of Bigsby’s Biscuits, with 100 percent of proceeds donated to Morris Animal Foundation. The winery also hosts donation-based yoga classes to benefit the Foundation, and shares information with customers about the Foundation and its work to advance animal health.

On Tuesday, September 19, 5-7 p.m., the winery will host a Yappy Hour, with 10 percent of the day’s proceeds going to the Foundation. The Yappy Hour will feature goodie bags from Chuck & Don’s Pet Supply; a raffle, with basket contents donated by Kong; drink specials and giveaways from Tito’s Vodka, pet information booths (including Morris Animal Foundation), games and prizes and more. Other sponsors include Sojos Pet Food and Apollo Peak, the original cat wine/dog wine. There’s plenty for the pups, who can enjoy the Bigsby’s patios with their owners, including dog wine, treats and frozen peanut butter yogurt!

“The Foundation is so appreciative of everything Bigsby’s Folly is doing to support our work,” said Laurie Peterson, Vice President of Development for Morris Animal Foundation. “Their commitment to helping animals is evident in what they do every day, and truly is part of the heart and soul of the winery. Chad and Marla are champions for animals, and we couldn’t be happier to be working with them toward making the world a better place for them.”

Bigsby’s Folly is located at 3563 Wazee Street in Denver’s Art District. To get to the winery on the RTD Light Rail, take the A-Train to 38th and Blake Street Station, then the pedestrian bridge south of the station over the tracks to Wazee Street.

About Morris Animal Foundation

Morris Animal Foundation is a nonprofit organization that invests in science to advance animal health. The Foundation is a global leader in funding scientific studies for companion animals, horses and wildlife. Since its founding in 1948, Morris Animal Foundation has invested more than $118 million toward 2,600 studies that have led to significant breakthroughs in diagnostics, treatments, preventions and cures to benefit animals worldwide. Learn more at Morris Animal Foundation.