Nov. 20 Gala Luncheon/Fundraiser Enables Florida Poodle Rescue to Find Forever Homes for Poodles and Other Dogs in Need
All dogs are sadly subject to abuse, and the stylish and elegant poodle breed is no exception. “Puttin’ On the Poodle,” a gala luncheon presented by Florida Poodle Rescue, takes place November 20, from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Michael’s On East in Sarasota. The goal of the luncheon is to raise essential funds for the nonprofit’s mission of protecting poodles, poodle mixes, and other small dogs, across the Sunshine State. Since its founding in 1994, Florida Poodle Rescue has placed more than 9,000 abandoned or abused dogs into “forever family” homes. Tickets for “Puttin’ On the Poodle” may be purchased online at http://www.floridapoodlerescue.org, or by calling 941.371.6798.
The “Puttin’ On the Poodle” luncheon, now in its fourth year, has become the nonprofit’s largest annual fundraising effort. The event will include a silent auction, as well as a live auction of several fantastic vacation getaways to Anna Maria Island, Key West, and North Carolina. Scott Anderson will serve as Master of Ceremonies and Auctioneer. Live entertainment will be provided by Roy Michaels, former lead singer of the popular musical performance group, The Brooklyn Bridge Band.
Many delightful items will be available for fundraising purchase — just in time for unique holiday giving — including artwork, quilts, and other fine items, as well as private label Florida Poodle Rescue wines, 2018 poodle calendars (filled with poodles of all sizes and types: Mini, Standard, Toy, poodle mixes, and poodle “wannabes”), clothing, and adorable poodle-themed memorabilia.
Tickets range from $85 for individual tickets to $125 for patron-level tickets. Eight-person VIP tables start at $2,500; and sponsorship levels range from $500 to $1,000. Michael’s On East is located at 1212 East Avenue South, in the Midtown area of Sarasota. Valet parking will be available.
Florida Poodle Rescue’s mission is to protect poodles, poodle mixes, and other small dogs from sad and miserable lives, by rescuing them and placing them into loving “forever family” homes. A registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit, the organization was established in 1994 by Patricia Bonati and Martha Harrington. This year’s event is chaired by Amanda Stiff and coordinated by Janet Hunter; the organization’s current president is Tricia Robles. Visit http://floridapoodlerescue.org to learn more.