There’s still time to get tickets to enjoy an evening of local wine and beer samplings, food, and live comedy, all to benefit 18 Minnesota rescues at the Paws 4 Paws Spring Fundraiser this Thursday, May 2, 6:00 p.m. at the Nicollet Island Pavilion.
Providing the laughs will be “Meat Sauce” aka Paul Lambert and “Common Man” Dan Cole from KFAN, as well as Isaac Witty, who has appeared on David Letterman and Comedy Central. Buffalo Wild Wings’ Wingmobile and several other food stations will help guests work up a thirst for local wine and beer samples.
Guests who bring in items from Pause 4 Paws’ Wish List, which includes supplies needed for caring for homeless pets, such as kitty litter, pet food, and toys, will have the opportunity to exchange them for raffle tickets at the door. The lucky raffle winner will receive a four-course dinner for four with wine pairings.
The event also features a live auction with several high-end, one-of-a-kind items, such as a special evening of wine tastings, hors d’oeuvres, and desserts at your home with 23 of your closest friends; a VIP Basilica Block Party Package which includes a meet and greet with Rob Thomas and Matchbox 20, golfing with KFAN on-air personalities, a sailboat tour of Lake Minnetonka and lunch, and more.
The event marks the first spring fundraiser for Paws 4 Paws, which has held fall fundraisers for local rescues since November 2011. Paws 4 Paws Founder Jill Goldstein decided to get involved after she adopted her dog, Oliver, from Red Lake Rosie’s Rescue in 2010. “Before that, I had no idea of the number of homeless animals, and the amount of abuse they suffer,” said Goldstein. She later adopted a cat from Red Lake Rosie’s Rescue, and became a “foster failure” of another cat from Second Chance Animal Rescue.
Paws 4 Paws’ effort represents an individual using her own strengths and talents to make a difference for homeless pets. “I’m not built for day-to-day rescue work,” Goldstein explained, “But I thought maybe I could help with some fundraising.” Goldstein grew up watching her parents organize local fundraisers for local charities. Her parents continue to help and inspire her to orchestrate fundraisers like those for Paws 4 Paws.
The goal for this year’s event is to have 300 guests and raise $50,000, which will be divided between the 18 different rescue groups. “I hope we can build awareness, and save some lives,” Goldstein said.
Tickets for the benefit range from $75-$150, and are available at http://pause4pawsmn.org in advance of the event, or at the door. Paws 4 Paws also welcomes volunteers to help with its Fall Fundraiser, and encourages those interested in helping to visit the Paws 4 Paws website to view the full list of beneficiary organizations where information about adoption, fostering, and donating are available.