Celebration of wine, food to benefit Toledo Animal ShelterWritten by Staff Reports | | firstname.lastname@example.org
By Michele Jurek, Toledo Free Press Staff Writer
The Toledo Animal Shelter Auxiliary will present A Celebration of Wine and Food from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 22 at Manhattan’s Restaurant, 1516 Adams St. in Toledo. All proceeds benefit the Toledo Animal Shelter.
Guests are invited to taste four wines and to partake in hors d’oeuvres and desserts. Tickets are $35 per person in advance or $40 at the door. Advance tickets can be purchased at Manhattan’s in person or by calling (419) 243-6675. Tickets may also be purchased online at www.toledoanimalshelter.com on the Auxiliary page. Dismat Corporation and its owner, John Donofrio, are the title sponsors of the event.
Manhattan’s will provide a wide variety of food and desserts throughout the evening, and a knowledgeable representative will be on hand to speak about the wines offered. This year, all of the wines have animal themes. Several items will be available for raffle, including an eight bottle wine refrigerator, and attendees can try their hands at a wine “ring toss” game. The game is similar to a carnival ring toss, except it uses wine bottles that guests can win and take home. A wine-themed door prize and a 50-50 raffle will also be offered.
This is the fourth year for the event and it has grown each year, said Kate Kelley, auxiliary board member and vice president of the Toledo Animal Shelter board. This year their goal is 100 attendees, and they hope to raise in excess of $5,000 for the shelter
“This is a fun and lovely event that helps showcase the shelter and all the employees who work tirelessly to create a safe, clean, and caring environment for adoptable pets,” Kelley said.
The Toledo Animal Shelter was established in 1927 and is Toledo’s oldest no-kill shelter, caring for and providing temporary shelter for homeless and abandoned dogs and cats. The organization promotes and sponsors animal welfare education programs, adoptions, preventive veterinary care, and a mandatory spay/neuter program, with emphasis on a “no kill” policy for its animals.
The Toledo Animal Shelter Auxiliary’s (TASA) focus is on raising funds for the shelter to continue its programs. The shelter can house about 60 animals at one time, and adopts out approximately 300 animals per year.
“We are committed to providing loving care for our guests for as long as it takes to place them with their new families,” said Toledo Animal Shelter Executive Director Helen Bensch. “We strive to increase the adoptability of each animal by addressing its individual needs — physical, psychological, and medical. There are no time limits for animals at our shelter. They remain available for adoption as long as they are physically and mentally healthy, and of sound temperament. We also work with families who are planning to adopt.”