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"Bacon, Bourbon and Brews" Benefits Care Chest of Sierra Nevada

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The Care Chest of Sierra Nevada helps people who are under-insured or have no insurance at all with medical resources, and on Friday, people were invited to a fundraiser at Bartley Ranch Regional Park that involved something most meat-eaters love... bacon!

The Bacon, Bourbon and Brews gave people a chance to try some food from several trucks that were bacon-themed, like bacon chili, or for those with that sweet tooth, bacon ice cream. There was also bourbon from national and local distillers for people to try.

KTVN Channel 2 was a proud sponsor of the 2nd annual event, and emceeing were our friends in the weather department, Jeff Martinez (Channel 2 News This Morning) and Chloe Beardsley (Channel 2 News on weekends).

The money raised from Bacon, Bourbon and Brews will go toward the Care Chest, which has been around since 1990. The local non-profit provides medical supplies for locals in need that are donated by the community.

"We all know insurance may not cover everything, or co-pays, or deductibles with the insurance may be difficult for people to afford it," said Bryan Barnard, Care Chest of Sierra Nevada Program Director. "So, that's where we come and try to assist."

The Care Chest stocks all of their supplies in a warehouse in north Reno that has everything from canes to blood glucose monitoring systems for people with diabetes.

"One of our biggest items, obviously, are wheelchairs," Barnard said. "People want to be a little more independent, want to get in and out. Some even use them in the home."

They also help people with prescriptions for different conditions.

"Cardiac, respiratory, antibiotics, those prescriptions that might keep people out of the emergency room," Barnard said.

There's also programs for home and vehicle modifications for those with disabilities.

As Bacon, Bourbon and Brews wrapped up, people were happy to know they were able to help out the Care Chest.

"Medical expenses can devastate families and people," said Scott Schulten, visiting from Atlanta, Georgia. "Things happen that they don't expect. If anyone can help, I think they should. We're happy to be here, and having a good time and enjoying the day, and helping people that can use some of it."

"It makes me feel great," said Whitney Freeman of Reno. "I do volunteer stuff for causes that I care about, but it's nice to attend an event that's fun and benefits people in our community."

If you need assistance or want to help the Care Chest, call (775) 829-2273.

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