I was in Bethesda, MD for the last week as part of JBS International’s Project TAAG team assisting the Corporation for National and Community Service with the AmerCorps State and National meetings with about 400 attendees attending 5 different content tracks.  I was directly supporting the Board Member Institute for governor-appointed state service commissioners from 24 states and territories as well as 3 national AmeriCorps programs (The Corps Network, Public Allies and Hope Worldwide).

Saturday night before it all kicked off, I had a great dinner at Redwood Restaurant & Bar in Bethesda Row – sat outside on their patio, watched the people strolling around – wonderful location!  I liked the restaurant even better when I saw this postcard about an event Redwood was having last week called “Bark & Wine.”

Tuesday, September 14th from 5:30 – 8:30 pm, Redwood Restaurant & Bar and Bone Jour teamed up to hold a fall patio party to benefit shelter animals for the Montgomery County Humane Society.  The donation was $10/person and well behaved and leashed dogs were welcome guests…and their humans, too!  Redwood offered food and drink specials and Bone Jour provided gourmet dog treats and gift bags.

Bone Jour, Inc. has been in business since 1986. Their mission is to provide people and their dogs with a loving, happy environment for services and retail.  They are dedicated to the craft of grooming and the care of dogs which is the reason Bone Jour has flourished and continues to grow.  On their website, on the “About Us” page, they dedicate a paragraph to each of their three main nonprofit partners with descriptions, logos, and links.  Very nicely done – and STRATEGIC as they support animal-related charities which of course relates to their mission and services.

Redwood Restaurant & Bar is an independent, locally owned restaurant that showcases a seasonal menu featuring the best mid-atlantic ingredients available. Their produce, cheese, meat, and seafood is naturally-raised, organic, or sustainable whenever possible and is sourced from local growers. Their wine list from around the world focuses on small production vintners who practice sustainable viticulture – making wine in a way which is economically viable, socially supportive and ecologically sound.  Their website also featured a page in their promotions section about the Bark & Wine event which I like!  Too often, businesses only have up a poster or handout a flyer or put it on their website – in this case, Redwood did all of it!  Great job!

I didn’t find mention of Bark & Wine on the Montgomery County Humane Society website, but since the event date has passed, I’ll give them the benefit of the doubt and assume it has rolled off already to keep the site fresh.  Hopefully they also promoted the event directly to their supporters, as Redwood and Bone Jour both did.

I wish I had been able to sneak away from the meetings to check it out – sounds like it would have been a lot of furry fun!