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Annual event aims to give back in a new way

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BAY COUNTY, Fla. — An annual festival is finding a new way to help with hurricane relief while also giving people a chance to try something new.

Now in its 6th year, the Panama City Beach Beer Festival took place at Fishale’s Taphouse and Grill on Saturday.

Owners say the event almost didn’t happen this year. “There was a question on if we were going to do it this year because we normally start in November to get this event going. To get breweries down here, reps down here and normally we have hotels but this year, we started a little later than November,” said owner, Selma Hill. 

Featuring more than 30 breweries, the event normally benefits the Toys for Kids Foundation but Hill says they came up with a different plan this year. The proceeds going to All Things Panama City Beach Outreach.

Founder of the organization, Chris Jennings, said, “Its a non profit we formed after the hurricane but it’s original intent was actually to help families and kids with terminal illnesses.”

The group switched its focused and hosting a number of community events to help famlies following Hurricane Michael. 

Jennings said, “We’re super thankful Fishale decided to donate to All Things Panama City Beach Outreach. It’s just going to help our community with everything we’ve been doing.” 

Hill says she’s grateful for all the support they’ve received from the community and look forward to hosting the event again next year. 

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