Residents Take A Sip for Second Chance Charity

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COLUMBIA - Columbia Second Chance hosted its 4th annual Take a Sip for Second Chance fundraiser Friday. Donors sampled unique wines as they mingled at the Perlow Stevens Gallery. The event benefits Columbia Second Chance, a no-kill animal shelter staffed entirely by volunteers.

Board Member for Columbia Second Chance Shannon Kasmann showed up early to start preparing for the event. Jazz music filled the room as she set up a few tables and stacked boxes. With plenty of time to spare she dusted off the unique dog imprinted wine glasses that the attendees soon drank from.

"Golden Barrell is bringing out the good wine tonight," said Kassmann. "This has to be one of the best wine tasting events in Columbia because you can't find these wines in restuarants."

The money donated to Columbia Second Chance will go towards vetinary expenses. Kasmann says that the shelter gets pets from all over, and they need help with making sure the pets are taken care of properly. The shelter also wants to make sure the animals get all the food and medicine they need so they can stay healthy.

Golden Barrell and Top Ten Wines will feature wines from the Golden Barrel Portfolio. More than 50 wines could be sampled at the event, including wines from California, Argentina, Italy, and France.

Kassman said that Columbia Second Chance already sold about 160 tickets. She hoped to see around 200 attendees total.

A portion of wine sales and all proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to Columbia Second Chance. Columbia Second Chance is a privately- finded, all volunteer, animal rescue organization.