Stomp & Brew 2019

Shoes for Kids volunteers pose with a check representing proceeds from the second annual Stomp & Brew beer and wine festival in downtown West Jefferson May 4.

WEST JEFFERSON — The second annual Stomp & Brew beer and wine festival May 4 raised $11,375 for Shoes for Kids, according to nonprofit founder Melody Rector.

The 2019 proceeds are more than double the $5,000 raised for the Ashe County nonprofit during the 2018 Stomp & Brew, Ashe Post & Times previously reported.

At an average price of $34 per pair of shoes purchased from Shoe Carnival stores in Gastonia and Hickory, the money raised during the 2019 Stomp & Brew will enable Shoes for Kids to purchase 335 pairs of shoes for the local youth, with shoe closets at Ashe County DSS, local daycares and Ashe County Schools, Rector said.

Shoes for Kids was established in 2013, and served 1,500 shoes to Ashe County kids from birth to age 18 in 2018, according to Rector. Roughly 68 percent of ACS students are eligible for shoes from the all-volunteer nonprofit, Rector said.

Funding for Shoes for Kids comes from grant money and private donations. For more information, find Shoes for Kids on Facebook.

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