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40 Taps fundraiser to benefit PAWS

40 Taps will host its third annual fundraiser Saturday, Nov. 4 to benefit the Pendleton Animal Welfare Shelter.
George Plaven

East Oregonian

Published on October 19, 2017 7:32PM

Mason Murphy, owner of 40 Taps, and his rescue dog, Mata, will be on hand for the third annual fundraiser to benefit the Pendleton Animal Welfare Shelter.

Photo contributed by Mason Murphy.

Mason Murphy, owner of 40 Taps, and his rescue dog, Mata, will be on hand for the third annual fundraiser to benefit the Pendleton Animal Welfare Shelter.


For the third year, 40 Taps will host a fundraiser with live music, food and prizes to benefit the Pendleton Animal Welfare Shelter.

The event is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 4. Tickets are $35, with a social hour beginning at 5 p.m. followed by dinner catered by Elvis’ Bar & Grill.

A raffle and auction will also feature multiple items donated by local businesses. All net proceeds will benefit PAWS, the local nonprofit animal shelter.

“I think this is an all-around good cause,” said Mason Murphy, owner of 40 Taps.

Murphy himself is the owner of two rescue dogs, Mata and Plata, whom he found while providing earthquake relief in the Dominican Republic in 2010. When deciding which nonprofit organization he wanted to support, Murphy knew he wanted something to do with either education or animals.

“It just made sense to pick PAWS,” he said. “Rescue animals really appreciate it when they find a loving home. Being able to provide that in town is a great thing.”

The first two fundraisers brought in a combined $4,000 for the shelter, and Murphy is optimistic this year will be the biggest yet. At least 20 businesses have already made donations, and Murphy said he expects that number will continue to increase.

Auction items include locally made wines, handcrafted furniture, guided fishing trips and other services. Folk musician Elwood Haney, of La Grande, will provide the entertainment while Murphy’s dog, Mata, will do a “halftime show” of tricks.

“We try to have fun with it,” Murphy said. “There’s a lot of laughing going on. Obviously, there are also times when it’s a little heartfelt.”

Tickets to the PAWS fundraiser can be purchased at the door, or in advance at www.eventbrite.com. Admission price includes dinner and one drink. Donations can also be dropped off at 40 Taps, 337 S.W. Emigrant Ave., Monday through Saturday between 3-8 p.m. For more information, call Murphy at 541-561-2036.

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Contact George Plaven at gplaven@eastoregonian.com or 541-966-0825.



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