Raleigh brewery helping Hurricane Irma survivors in the Virgin Islands

Saturday, September 16, 2017
Brewery fundraiser to help Virgin Islands
Neuse River Brewing Company is holding a fundraiser for Irma relief for the US Virgin Islands.

RALEIGH, North Carolina (WTVD) -- Raleigh brewery owners are playing host to a fundraiser on Sunday to raise money to help dig loved ones and thousands of others out of devastation in the Virgin Islands.

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The islands were hit hard when Hurricane Irma came barreling across the Atlantic Ocean. Those living in the Triangle who have friends and family there said people are still being pulled from the rubble.

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''Hurricane Irma Turns Caribbean Islands Brown,'' NASA Earth wrote on Twitter.

Being so far away, many with personal ties to the islands are coming together to raise money.

Jennifer Kolarov met her husband, Ryan, while living there, and they got married. They came back to the United States to have their child and now own Neuse River Brewing Company.

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The devastation from the storm has brought them together with other locals who once called the islands their home. They're teaming up to raise money.

"The least that we can do is try to raise as much money and awareness, get as many donations as we can and get them to the people that are still struggling," Kolarov said.

The event is from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. The brewery is at 518 Pershing Road in Raleigh.