Â??march Brew Haha’ at Lincoln Center to Raise Funds for Scholarships and Wildlife Care March 29

Food, music and 100 different varieties of beer from around the world will highlight the 2002 March BrewHaHa from 7-11 p.m. March 29 in the Columbine and Canyon West Ballrooms at the Lincoln Center, 417 W. Magnolia St. in Fort Collins. Tickets are $20, and all proceeds will be used to provide scholarships for Colorado State University veterinary students and to support the Wildkind unit of the Humane Society of Larimer County.

The event offers participants the chance to try the products of some of the world’s best beers as well as northern Colorado’s most successful businesses, including local microbreweries H.C. Berger, Left Hand, Flying Dog, Linden’s, Coopersmith’s and O’Dells. Local bread maker, Great Harvest Bread Company, will provide a variety of delicious bread products and Eileen’s Colossal Cookies will donate a selection of cookies to enjoy between beer tastings. Participants must be 21 years of age and identification will be required.

The popular local rock band, 69 Times, will keep crowds jumping with a broad selection of classic and current rock tunes. A Beer Trivia game will offer participants the chance to win prizes throughout the evening.

Formerly called "The March of Ales," the annual fundraising event was sponsored for years by the Humane Society of Larimer County to raise funds for Wildkind, its wildlife unit. Staff and volunteers of Wildkind take in orphaned or injured animals and nurture them back to health so that they can be returned to the wild.

The Humane Society decided to give up this event to concentrate on other fundraising efforts throughout the year. The veterinary students at Colorado State, who work closely with the Society, offered to take it over in order to raise funds for scholarships. In doing so, the students unanimously agreed that they would like to continue support for Wildkind by sharing the profits from the event.

"We thought this event would give our class a great opportunity to raise funds to establish a permanent scholarship program for veterinary students," said Kathy Morrissey, fundraising co-chair for the Veterinary Medicine Class of 2004. "The class also agreed that it is very important to help support the unique and vital work being done by Wildkind."

For further information and to purchase tickets, call the Lincoln Center box office at (970) 221-6730. Tickets also can be purchased at other locations in Fort Collins, including Supermarket Liquors, Aggie Discount Liquors and Fish’s Liquormart.