Thursday, October 29, 2009

Pawsta for Pets

Having recently joined All Paws Rescue, I haven't gotten very involved in the group yet.  Oh sure, I foster for them, and attend just about every adoption event they have, but there is so much more involved in running a rescue.  There are phone messages and e-mails to answer, fundraisers to organize, grants to write, not to mention the accounting and paperwork that comes along with running a non-profit organization.  I've enjoyed my time doing nothing but fostering, but I'm starting to feel guilty for not helping more.  I'm going to start working on some grants soon, and I'm planning to help with an upcoming fundraiser.  But I have to be honest with you - I totally hate fundraising.  I know most people hate it, but it's one of those necessary evils.  And as a foster mom I get to see the need for fundraising more than most.  For example, Chenille my foster Pomeranian is having blood work done, and then she'll need a dental on top of her spay surgery and regular vet care - that's going to cost a LOT more than we'll get back in her adoption fee.  So I want to help raise money for Chenille and the other pets that All Paws saves every day.  I'm just BAD at it.  There is a fundraiser this Sunday for All Paws, so several weeks ago I offered to sell some tickets to the spaghetti dinner and some raffle tickets.  I got eight tickets, plus a whole stack of raffle tickets to sell.  And so far I have sold TWO tickets to the event (thanks Mom and Dad - well, thanks Mom - I don't even think my Dad knows he's going yet).  And I've sold absolutely no raffle tickets.  I'm pathetic.  In a last-ditch desperate attempt to feel better about myself (not to mention to help out All Paws), I'm posting the event here in hopes that someone out there will want to help the animals, (or will feel sorry for me) and will buy a ticket or two.  So here's the deal.  It's a Spaghetti Dinner with a silent auction this Sunday evening (4-8pm) at the Elks Lodge in O'Fallon, MO.  The doors open at 4:00pm, and dinner is served from 5:00pm - 6:30pm.  Tickets are $10 for adults or $5 for children under 6 years old.  So please, if you don't have plans on Sunday night, come out and support All Paws Rescue.  We will have tickets for sale on Saturday at the St. Charles PetSmart at Zumbehl and Hwy 70 between 10am and 3pm, or you can purchase tickets at the door on Sunday. 

Now about those raffle tickets... they are raffling off a wheelbarrow full of booze!  It is quite an impressive list too - I think there are over 30 bottles of a wide variety of alcohol in there - enough to stock a bar, or have a really long party with all of your friends.  And you do not have to be present to win.  So if you're interested in purchasing a raffle ticket, they are 1 ticket for $5 or 3 tickets for $10, and they will also be available on Saturday, or at the event on Sunday.  Or you can e-mail me to let me know if you'd like to purchase the tickets online!  Here is the flyer for the event.  I hope to see you there!

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