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More than 400 people, many with a leashed dog in one hand and a glass of wine in the other, attended Lincoln Animal Ambassadors’ 10th annual Wine & Howl fundraiser June 2 under tall shade trees at Deer Springs Winery, 162nd and Adams streets.

The event raised $6,000 for Lincoln Animal Ambassadors, which operates a low-cost spay/neuter program and an income-based pet food bank.

Wine & Howl featured live music by Johnny Johnson from Columbus and OutLoud from Lincoln, both of whom donated their time and talents to the event for the first time and were well-received by listeners. Guests also found 23 vendor exhibits, including 17 nonprofit/rescue groups; 86 raffle prizes; Rescue Roundups of adoptable dogs; food catered by Hy-Vee, including vegetarian choices; and, of course, wine.

Some of the dogs took advantage of small swimming pools, even though the weather was pleasant with highs in the low 80s but breezy. At one point, the wind blew the admissions tent out into the parking lot.

“Fortunately the tent wasn’t damaged, no cars were damaged and no dogs or people were hurt, aside from me getting a little sunburn from having no tent,” said Mary Douglas, LAA’s president.

"Lincoln Animal Ambassadors is so appreciative of the community support that we experience," Douglas announced at the event. "With that support comes the knowledge that others in the community understand our goal and beliefs, and their support makes everything we do possible."

For more details about LAA, see or call 402-817-1168.

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