On 14 March, the Protection of Animals Welfare Society will be holding its PAWS Under the Stars fundraiser at Grand Old House.
This is the ninth annual such event for the charity, which relies on the generosity of the community to help it do its good work – providing love, food and shelter for the unwanted and neglected animals of the island. It is always a well-attended affair, and not just because people believe in the cause; there is always a spirited round of live auction bidding and unique entertainment, which makes it stand out from the crowd.
The night begins at 6:30pm where guests will be greeted with glasses of prosecco upon arrival. They will then take their seats for dinner, which includes a bottle of wine per couple. Throughout the evening there will be performances by Centre Pointe Dance Studio, featuring junior and professional dancers, along with a cast of talent including a ‘live off-Broadway show’ by Queen Angela.
Kelly Rooney will be emcee for the evening, not only making announcements, but hosting the live auction as well. There are some terrific items on the list this year, including a week’s stay at a villa in Portugal that sleeps 10 people; an apartment in Paris for a week; a five-night stay at an apartment in Colorado that can accommodate four; dinner for eight, courtesy of chef Keith Griffin; and an extraordinary South African stay of five nights for two people at the Rickety Bridge Winery’s country house.
If you don’t fancy sticking your paddle in the air, you can jot down your John Henry for some of the silent auction items, which include Mexican Talavera pottery and a range of gifts donated by the public.
PAWS provides a range of services and financial assistance for animals in need. It offers free community dog washes every two-to-three months, based on the availability of the St. Matthew’s University’s vet students.
It has a spay and neuter programme to cover stray animals and to assist qualified pet owners with costs. It also schedules monthly community visits for distribution of heartworm, flea and tick medication and to monitor the health of cats and dogs.
Rather than have genuine pet owners put in the position of having to give up their beloved companions due to financial difficulties, PAWS works with vets and the owners to help pay for treatments. Other services include kennels for shelter, the provision of pet food and three cat feeding stations.
Members of the organisation work closely with the Department of Agriculture welfare officers.
Tickets for PAWS Under the Stars are $150 per person and include welcome prosecco, the bottle of wine per couple and all entertainment. To reserve your seats, call Giuseppe at 916-1731 or Susanna at 916-3957.