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The shelter dog can be found at the Humane Society of Eastern North Carolina (HSOEC).

Mpourium, a self serve taproom on Dickinson Avenue in Uptown Greenville, will host the Yappy Hour charity event on behalf of the Heather Stepp Real Estate Group tonight at 5:30.

10% of the funds raised from the event will be donated to Pitt County Animal Services in an effort to help dogs from the shelter find new homes.

Mpourium is a recent addition to Uptown Greenville, owned and operated by Andrew and Kristen Moss. The couple, both graduates of East Carolina University, opened the bar in May of last year, having been inspired by a similar establishment in Charlotte.

Kristen Moss spoke on the experience they had and what drove them to open their own self-serving bar.

“My husband and I went to a self-serving taproom in Charlotte, and we thought it would be something nice to bring back to Greenville,” Kristen said.

Kristen also commented on the Yappy Hour event, referencing past charitable events that Mpourium has hosted.

“We have had other fundraisers, including a couple for the Humane Society. We’ve had a lot of interest in Yappy Hour and we’re expecting a crowd of 50 to 100 people,” Kristen said.

The Heather Stepp Real Estate Group has hosted similar Yappy Hour events at different bars around the Greenville area as a way of supporting Pitt County Animal Services, which was selected as their 2019-2020 charity of the year.

The agency hopes to help the dogs residing at the shelter find loving homes while also managing to give back to the local community for their support.

Scott Allenspach, a realtor with the group, commented on the impact that the events have had.

“We’ve done a couple of events with the animal shelter and had great success. Last year we raised over $1,000 and we encourage people to give back,” Allenspach said.

Allenspach also spoke on the need for support of local businesses while focusing on charitable causes.

“It’s always great to get out of the house and support a local business while also supporting a local charity,” Allenspach said.

Andrew Moss, co-owner of Mpourium, gave a statement expressing optimism for the event.

“We’re excited to partner with Heather Stepp to help out with something that’s near and dear to our hearts. We love animals, and we’re pet-friendly here, so we want to help out in any way we can,” Andrew said.

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