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Kellcy’s General Store hosting beer tastings to help Cottonwood Shores kids head back to school


COTTONWOOD SHORES — All Tim Kellcy did was ask a question. That question, however, blossomed into a movement aimed at giving Cottonwood Shores youth a boost as they prepare for the first day of school in August.

“I was sitting next to Mayor (Donald) Orr, and I asked him about what we could do to help the kids out,” Kellcy said. He and his wife, Julia, own Kellcy’s General Store, 4823 FM 2147. “And he said, ‘Why don’t you raise money to help buy the kids school supplies?”

So over three days, Kellcy General Store is hosting a beer tasting that features craft beers and special menu items to raise money for Kids of Cottonwood Shores. The proceeds will go directly into purchasing basic school supplies. The first event was July 19, but the next two are Aug. 2 and Aug. 16. The free tasting (for adults with valid identification) is noon-3 p.m. or as long as supplies last.

Along with the store’s staff and customers, Mayor Orr, Cottonwood Shores Police Chief Harold Piatt and his wife, Llano County Precinct 1 Justice of the Peace-elect Bebe Piatt, will be on hand to support the effort.

Kellcy’s General Store manager Jonnie Ayotte said a lot of the youth from Cottonwood Shores face heading to class without all the necessary supplies.

“This is for the kids,” she said. “Every child should start the first day of school with at least the supplies they need.”

The free beer tastings feature several local beers, including from Real Ale in Blanco on Aug. 2 and Save the World Brewing Co. in Marble Falls on Aug. 16. The samplings will feature a different brewery each time.

Along with the Aug. 16 event, the mayor, police chief and justice of the peace-elect will present the funds at 3 p.m.

“Buying school supplies may not sound too hard, but if you’re a family or single parent with three or four kids, it can get pretty expensive, especially with everything else you need to buy,” Ayotte said. “This is our way of helping those kids and families out.”