Denver Roller Dolls, Colorado's premiere women's flat-track derby league, rolled up their elbow pads to provide dog washes. Dog owners stepped inside the Prost Brewery to enjoy a cold beer – or stayed outside to watch the spectacle of fierce and "fearless" women chasing after man's best friend and bath's worst enemy.
In addition to dog washes and roller girl splashes, the first annual Tails and Ales event featured free music, MaxFund animals available for adoption and both roller derby and dog-centric merchandise.
MaxFund was started by animal saviors Bill and Nanci Suro in 1989. Bill Suro, a veternarian, and his wife were moved by the plight of homeless animals who were euthanized in lieu of medical care. Nanci Suro organized the non-profit organization, and Dr. Suro provided their medical care. MaxFund moved into its own facility in 1990.
The no-kill shelter features both dog and cat adoption. The dog shelter is located at 1005 Galapago St. and the cat shelter is at 720 W. 10th Avenue; both are walking distance from Denver's Santa Fe Art District. Since their inception, MaxFund has found forever homes for 26,317 dogs and cats and spayed/neutered 30,159.
MaxFund is also running a fundraising opportunity especially for Bronco's fans. They have two pairs of tickets for the August 29, 2013, game against the Arizona Cardinals: Club Section tickets in the 50-yard-line valued at $750, bids starting at $400. Visit Blacktie Colorado for details.
The Tails and Ales fundraising event took place on Sunday, August 18, 2013, at the Prost Brewery. All money benefits MaxFund and the also non-profit Roller Dolls. Shannon Vandzura, Events Director for MaxFund, hopes the event takes place every year and keeps increasing in size until it becomes its own festival.