Popular charitable event Paws for Wine returns for its sixth year on Saturday, with a wine tasting and auction evening that raises money for a very worthwhile cause. Organized by Cayman Animal Rescue Enthusiasts (CARE), the popular fundraiser will be held at Ristorante Pappagallo, beginning at 7 p.m.
Food and drink
Wine tastings will take place, with BlackBeard’s providing a variety of wines from around the world. There will also be canapés and food stations offering a variety of culinary options.
Auctions and entertainment
Guests will also have the chance to take something home as there will be a silent auction and a live auction with prizes including dinner for six cooked and served in the comfort of your own home by Ristorante Pappagallo with wine sponsored by Blackbeard’s. Entertainment for the evening will be provided by Bona Fide.
Last year’s event attracted a record 150 attendees and raised just under $20,000. The organization hopes to match or exceed those numbers this year. Thanks to sponsorship, 100 percent of the ticket proceeds go towards the cause.
Each month, CARE spends around $5,000 on its veterinary and advertising costs for its free community spay and neuter program and animal welfare care. It does this with no government funding or consistent grants and donations.
“All of our money comes from community fundraising. We have no physical facility or overheads, and no staff costs, as our organization is 100 percent volunteer-based. Therefore, every dollar raised goes directly towards the mission,” explained CARE volunteer Lesley Agostinelli.
Over the past four years, the charity has been tirelessly promoting its free spay and neuter services, and its current marketing campaign #ididmypart is encouraging the community to take part.
CARE has so far sponsored more than 2,500 surgeries. It also offers an animal welfare education program, #kidscare, which provides educational materials, games and talks on responsible animal ownership, the advantages of pet sterilization, and care of companion animals.
“This program is progressing better than we could have imagined,” said Agostinelli, “and we are delighted to receive many requests from schools and after-school programs inviting us to attend and present.”
Members also launched the community welfare program #operationgrassroots in June, under the medical expertise of Dr. Brenda Bush of Island Veterinary Services and with the help of a donation from 100 Women Who Care. The program works with underserved communities and offers preventive veterinary care.
“Along with preventative care on offer at these clinics, we are also offering free registration and identification through microchipping, which will have a positive impact for those pets in our underserved communities,” said Agostinelli. “In order to keep all three programs running, we need continuous funding, which is where Paws for Wine comes in.”
Tickets for Paws for Wine cost $75 and are available from Island Veterinary Services, Cayman Animal Hospital, Must Love Dogs (Camana Bay), Balance Studio and Bliss Yoga. Ticket price includes wine tastings, canapés and food stations.