Bent Paddle and Bell Bank raise funds for Amberwing

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Representatives from Bent Paddle and Bell Bank presented the organization Amberwing with a $8,500 check Tuesday.

The money was raised as part of collaborative fundraising effort by the brewery and the banking company back in November with the release of the “Pay it Forward Pale Ale.”

Laura Mullen, the co-founder Bent Paddle, said they were so happy to be able to present the funds raised to Amberwing, an organization the focuses on youth mental health.

Tim McShane, the president of the Twin Ports Market for Bell Bank, echoed that statement.

“Amberwing is near and dear to our hearts, as it should be for everybody in our community,” said McShane. “ Mental health issues are everywhere. I’m not sure I could name a friend or family who hasn’t been touched by mental health issues.”

Traci Marciniak, the president of the Miller-Dwan Foundation which owns Amberwing, said she was very excited that the organization received the funds and said they’ll put it to good use.

“This will actually allow us to expand some of the care within the facility. There are a lot of group therapy sessions. There are integrated therapies that are worked on with the kids as well, so all of this will actually be able to enhance the care that kids have when they’re there,” explained Marciniak.

More information on Amberwing can be found here.