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Third annual Coffee House tonight in Springdale to benefit Exploits Valley SPCA

Kelly Hewlett, right, performing at one of the previous Coffee House events will be back on stage Thursday at the third annual event. Proceeds are going to the Exploits Valley SPCA.
Kelly Hewlett, right, performing at one of the previous Coffee House events will be back on stage Thursday at the third annual event. Proceeds are going to the Exploits Valley SPCA.

SPRINGDALE, NL — Kelly Hewlett loves music and animals — throw the two things together and everybody wins.  

The Springdale teacher is one of the driving forces behind the third annual Coffee House taking place tonight (June 29) at Manual Hall in Springdale.

The night of desserts, tea and coffee and musical entertainment will see proceeds go to the Exploits Valley SPCA this year.

“I am an animal lover, and I am musical,” Hewlett said of the reason she has combined with others like local groomer Helen Wells and local animal rights advocate Heather Jewer to hold the benefit.

In the two previous years, in which more than $1,600 has been raised, the proceeds went to Central Paws. With all the work the SPCA does extending into Springdale to help spay/neuter and find homes for animals, Hewlett said organizers felt the organization was a deserving beneficiary.

“Animals to me are like children,” Hewlett said. “You can have a class full of children, they are innocent and in need of us to help them. It is the same for animals.

“There is a lot of animal cruelty out there, and the local chapter of the SPCA are wonderful. They really try that any animal abandoned or put up for adoption is well looked after and placed in a home.”

Set up for 100 people, there is a small cover charge for the Coffee House coinciding with gift basket and prize draws and a bake sale to raise the money. In return for their generosity to the cause, people will be entertained by a group of local musicians for about an hour and a half starting at 7 p.m.

Along with Hewlett, the entertainment will include Sharon Dove, Christian Howse, Richard Clarke, and Kelly Squires. Am experienced group of entertainers, Hewlett said people can expect a good show for all ages and musical preferences.

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