Dodge City Community College is hosting its first annual Bretfest from 5 to 10 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 21, at its location at 2501 N. 14th Ave.
Bretfest is named in honor of Bret Tepe, a Ford County Sheriff’s Deputy who died in a car accident on Sept. 23, 2003. Funds raised from the event will go toward the Meadowlark House, an organization co-founded by Tepe. Falling under the Crisis Center of Dodge City, the Meadowlark House provides a safe and non-threatening environment for abused children to have forensic interviews, which are structured conversations detailing possible abuse. Funds from the event are meant to replenish losses caused by decreasing support from state and federal grants.
“We’re so excited to have Bretfest taking place tomorrow,” said Stephanie Fuhrmann, CAC coordinator for the Meadowlark House. “…I think it will be a great opportunity to talk about what the Meadowlark House is and what it does and also a fun time to get together.”
“I think it’s important because there are so many kids and women that are abused that use this place,” Angela Tepe Gleason, Tepe’s former wife, said. “It’s a place that not much is known about and we need to get the word out that this place is here for people who have suffered.”
Bretfest will feature a barbeque along with games and activities. A dance for adults and DCCC students will take place from 8 to 10 p.m. The admission fee is $10 for adults and $5 for ages 12 and under. Children under 2 are admitted for free.