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AMBER CASTILLO 
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The Ward Island Wannabes connected with Lazy Beach Brewing to hold their First Annual Fundraiser on Sept. 16 to benefit the Women’s Shelter of South Texas.

The Ward Island Wannabes is a nonprofit collective consisting of Texas A&M University- Corpus Christi faculty and students. The event was filled with different musical talents, along with the Wannabe’s and beer and food. The band worked alongside  Lazy Beach to make the event come to life.

Political science professor Jeff Dillard of the Wannabes said they came up with the idea to become a nonprofit collective group and team up with the Women’s Shelter after collecting tips.

“We have built a pretty good relationship with the Women’s Shelter over the past couple of years,” Dillard said. “We wanted to be able to bring in a little more this time around so that is why we decided to team up with Lazy Beach Brewing to help us contribute and do what we can to give back.”

Cory Mathews, owner of Lazy Beach, created a beer named after the Wannabes to help contribute to the fundraiser.

“The band approached us about their idea for the fundraiser and we were all for it,” Mathews said. “We got on board and thought why not make a beer for this and name it after the band and use 25 percent of that beer that is bought and donate it to the shelter as well. It’s for such a good cause.”

Melissa Liskey of the Women’s Shelter said she was glad she could come in contact with the Wannabes.

“The University has always been so supportive of our organization and we are so thankful for it,” Liskey said. “For this group of faculty and students to go out of their way to raise money for this great cause is just so awesome. The majority of our funding comes from fundraisers like these, so the support means a lot to us.”

Their next event is The Coastal Bend Day of Giving. It will take place on Nov. 14 and is a community-wide event of giving to agencies such as the women’s shelter.

“This event is one that we are so lucky to be a part of once again,” Liskey said. “Anyone can go and donate, whether it be $1 or $10; anything counts and will benefit the shelter.”

To find more information on the Coastal Bend Day of Giving you can go to coastalbenddayofgiving.org.

To contact the Women’s Shelter you can go to www.thewomensshelter.org or follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

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