Bluegrass music and grassroots support were combined to raise $825.00 for Alabama Water Watch at an Auburn, AL restaurant recently. 
AWW monitors Liz Brennan, Brian Simpson and Donnie Addison, members of the “High Strung Dew Sippers”, along with fellow band members, Ross Wall, Lindsey Lester and  Sidney Simmons, put together an evening of fine music to benefit Alabama Water Watch.  The Big Blue Bagel was the scene and $3 was the cover charge to hear music performed by The ‘Dew Sippers’ and the lead-off group, “Band of Mothers”.  The place was packed, and strumming of banjo, mandolin, guitar, base, fiddle and washboard filled the air.  Many customers chose to donate above the cover charge for the cause.

When these young, talented Alabamians heard that AWW was facing serious funding cuts that will seriously impact AWW’s statewide citizen water monitoring program, they decided to act. Brennan said, “The High Strung Dew Sippers realize that what AWW does is of great importance to Alabama, and is in jeopardy. Since their funding was cut, one way to help save AWW is to get the word out, and encourage people to get involved by donating time and money for this cause. The benefit concert was a fun way to spread the word and raise some money.”

AWW would like to express sincere gratitude to the Dew Sippers, the Band of Mothers and the Big Blue Bagel for their support.  The Dew Sippers set up the venue, arranged the details and publicized the event.  Their initiative shows that great things can be accomplished, and encourages all of us to think of creative ways to keep AWW alive.

Along with raising money, the event also raised a sense of hope and faith in the goodness of our fellow woman and man. Thank you, Dew Sippers for your most generous gift of your time and talent in support of AWW!