Guests were able to enjoy wine, food and live music in the name of animal advocacy at the fourth annual Wine and Wags event. On Saturday, June 2, Loving Paws Adoption Center partnered with Cellar 66 to hold their biggest fundraiser of the year.
“It was a great event,” Twyla Cordry, the owner of Cellar 66, said. “The weather really cooperated, we had great attendance and everyone seemed to be great.”
For the past four years, Loving Paws Adoption Center has partnered with Cellar 66 to host Wine and Wags. Cordry said Cellar 66 has worked with Loving Paws Adoption Center since they were first established five years ago. Cherie Rigsby, a supervisor at Loving Paws Adoption Center, said they chose Cellar 66 because it fit the criteria they wanted for their event. “We were looking for something in Pulaski, we are Pulaski County Humane Society,” Rigsby said. Rigsby said the event next year will more than likely be held at Cellar 66.
Guests were able to have a free glass of wine, eat free food and take home a complimentary wine glass. Cordry said part of the ticket price goes towards funding a free buffet for guests who paid for a ticket.
Rigsby said the event was successful. “We had a really good turnout and the right amount of people,” Rigsby said. Rigsby also thanked the weather, saying it was nice enough to let guests use the outdoor seating.
Rigsby said the expectations were met. “We sold 65 tickets and did really well with the silent auction,” Rigsby said. Compared to last year, Rigsby said they made more money this year. Cordry said people were coming and going as the afternoon continued and said she believed overall, 85 to 100 people showed up.
Rigsby said they gained about $400 dollars in profits. Loving Paws Adoption Center received about $300 dollars in cash donations from guests and made approximately $1600 from tickets.
The silent auction included handcrafted items made by local artists and baskets filled with decorative items or glass wares. Ticket holders were also eligible to win door prizes. Rigsby said bids from the silent auction made about $2800 dollars.
The money from the event will go towards the adoption center. Rigsby said the money will be used to help cover supplies and housing for the dogs and cats of the center. The money will also be used to cover additional expenses, such as vetting, flea, ticket and heartworm prevention for dogs, flea and ticket prevention for cats and providing ID microchips for the animals.
The money earned will also cover vaccinations that are age appropriate for the animals, treatment for feline leukemia and for spaying and neutering procedures.