The 5th Annual Tails of the Painted Cats Gala Dinner and Auction just keeps getting bigger and better. Held at the Pinehurst Country Club, this main fundraising event for Lakewood’s Cat Care Society promises to be the most exciting and fun yet. The gala will beheld on Saturday, October 10.
Steve Staeger, 9News reporter, is the gala’s new Master of Ceremonies. He has a five-year-old tuxedo cat named Chip and he will tour the shelter before the gala.
Staeger will be joined by gala regular and auctioneer extraordinaire Doug Tisdale, who will lead the art auction and has a new twist on the Heads or Tails game played before the dinner. Heads or Tails is a game where participants predict a coin toss by putting their hands on their heads or tails (rear ends). If they guess wrong, they are done and have to sit down. The last person standing wins $500. New this year is the addition of Mardi Gras Beads to the game. The strand of beads will act like a mulligan in golf and those who have them get a do-over if they guess wrong. Beads can be purchased in advance and one strand is $25 and an extra strand is $10 or purchase five strands for $50.
Also new to the gala this year is a live auction featuring restaurant gifts cards. Restaurants include Elway’s Colorado Steakhouse, Cru Wine Bar, ChoLon Modern Asian Bistro, 240 Union, and Bonefish Grill. Also new this year is a special auction prize: A chance to bid on a 6-day/6-night, South African Photo Safari to Zulu Nyala Resort in Northern Kwazulu Natal. The safari includes luxury accommodation for six days and six nights for two people at Zulu Nyala Luxury Hemmingway Tented Safari Camp or Heritage Safari Lodge, three meals per day prepared by top chefs, and two game viewing activities per day by guided professional rangers in open game vehicles. This package is valid for two years and valued at $5,950.
Tails of the Painted Cats Artist Judy Rigsby will create a Demo Painting during the cocktail reception that will be sold during the live auction. Guests can watch her work her magic and then bid on the finished product live.
Regular fun favorites will be back at the gala including the Tower of Wine, which has been expanded to 64 bottles. There will again be the Flat Cat paintings, Clay Cat ceramics and a special selection of paw paintings made by several creative resident cats at the shelter.
Cocktail reception and art auction viewing for the gala begins at 5 PM, followed by the event program and dinner shortly after 6 PM. Cost is $100 per person or $170 for couples. Groups of eight can purchase an entire table for $800. Tickets can be purchased online. For questions or other information, contact Marsha Crest at CCS at 303-431-6954. The Pinehurst Country Club is located at 6255 West Quincy Avenue in Denver.
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