By: Rachel Suga, Writer / Follow South Jersey Bridgeton City Intern
MILLVILLE, N.J. — The Cumberland County community is coming together for its support of two things they love: their pups and wine.
The “K-9s and Wines” event is being held by the Bridgeton Chamber of Commerce on November 22 at Cedar Rose Vineyard. The vineyard is located at 421 Kenyon Ave. in Millville.
Cumberland County’s Sheriff’s department will receive the donations for equipment and other needs for its K-9 unit. Since the late 1980s, the department has expanded greatly, helping the community in more ways than one. While building a positive relationship with citizens through the dogs, the unit also has very serious jobs to do that not only help the community members in danger, but the officers as well.
With three dogs in its K-9 Unit, the Cumberland County Sheriff’s department uses its furry employees to detect narcotics, explosives, and find the scent trails of missing persons. There are also police dogs used in the community to make connections between officers and students in schools as well as those with special needs.
The “K-9s and Wines” event is being held by the Bridgeton Chamber of Commerce from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on November 22. There will be wine tasting, raffles for a multitude of prizes, and other activities for those that are 21 years old or older. Humans are, of course, encouraged to attend to help support their community, but the event’s organizers have extended an invitation to community members’ pets.
The cost of the event is $35, but those who donate $50 or more will receive a t-shirt from event organizers. You can register and make donations for the event online. There is also an online waiver form for community members who want to participate in the dog-walking part of the event, as well.
Organizer and presenter Patricia Mooneyham will take questions about sponsorship information about the event at (856) 776-2374 or via her email. For general information the Bridgeton Area Chamber of Commerce Foundation will answer questions at (856) 455-1312 or via email.
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This article was produced by a Follow South Jersey news intern thanks to a grant provided by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation through the New Jersey Health Initiatives program to create hyper-local news to meet the informational and health needs of the City of Bridgeton, N.J.