Spring Gala—“Western Wags & Whiskers: Gold Rush” – April 8, 2017
It was a Party on the Range at our Western Wags & Whiskers: Home on the Range Gala at Signature Flight Support, April 9th. This event brought in nearly $200,000 for the animals of the VBSPCA. Our heartfelt thanks go out to this year’s co-chairs, Maria Ellmer and Emily Franklin, and designers Corinne Mastronardi and Damien Lombardi, whose vision made the night truly special for everyone in attendance. We would also like to thank the entire event committee, our sponsors, and our volunteers.
Guests entered past a barn, down a tree lined driveway, and into a vintage farmhouse. “Guava Jam” kicked off the evening with acoustic sounds while guests enjoyed a spectacular silent auction featuring unique packages. Our guests enjoyed fabulous food and cocktails by Chesapeake Bay Catering, Back Bay Brewing and Tito’s Handmade Vodka.
Allen Fabijan (Some Guy Named Allen) from US106.1, emceed bringing enthusiasm and humor to the evening’s program. The 2017 VBSPCA Lifesaver Award was presented to Ben Hancock, a longtime supporter, past Board member and current Honorary Board member and volunteer.
Ben Davenport showed off his auctioneering skills and worked the crowd for our Paddle Raise, during which attendees generously pledged over $40,000 towards the care of the 3,500 animals anticipated to be sheltered at the VBSPCA this year. The evening continued as adoptable animals were then escorted by members of our community in our Dog & Cat Walk.
Guests also visited with adoptable baby bunnies in the garden, visited with adoptable dogs and cats and ended the evening dancing with “Guava Jam”
Thank You to our Sponors!