We love food. We love drink. And we love raising money for worthwhile causes. The challenge comes when we have to leave our beloved canines at home to do so.
The answer? Attend An Affur to Remember, which benefits the SPCA of Northern Nevada. Taking place at the Renaissance Reno Downtown Hotel on Saturday, May 11 at 6:00 p.m., the swanky gala encourages you to bring your furry friend with you. That your buddy is expected to be well-behaved goes without saying, but he/she will also need to be leashed. Since cocktail attire is appreciated, it seems a bow tie may be in order for the special canine in your life.
Mel Minarik, a community health sciences professor at the University of Nevada, Reno, is looking forward to her fourth annual SPCA fundraiser. “Anytime I get to be around people who love their dogs, I’m happy,” she says. “And this event is especially fun because everybody there has been touched by a rescue — either a cat or a dog — and it’s great to hear their stories.”
This will be the first time Minarik brings a dog with her; she’ll be joined by Luna, who at 2 years old, is the youngest of her three standard poodles. “She gets to go because she’s the most well-behaved out of the three,” she says.
SPCA Development Director Sean Farnan says they haven’t had a dog misbehave in the event’s 10-year history, however, “Some of our human guests have,” he laughs.
An Evening Celebrating Pooches and Kitties
The gala includes a cocktail hour, food, silent and live auction, a photo booth and interactive entertainment. If that’s not enough, guests are also welcome to spend time at Bundox Bocce, where they can play bocce ball, skee-ball, shuffleboard, ping pong and darts.
Minarik says that in addition to being a fun night, the event is well-organized. “They have a great silent auction, the food is wonderful and the entire evening is entertaining,” she says, paying props to Farnan. “Sean works hard on the flow of the evening, and it shows.”
The event attracts upwards of 300 people every year, but it is limited to 30 dogs, so you’ll want to sign up early here. Dogs must be fully vaccinated, including for canine influenza.
Helping Rescues Year-Round
An Affur to Remember benefits the SPCA of Northern Nevada, which is Nevada’s first no-kill shelter and is dedicated to the responsible treatment of homeless dogs and cats. They do this through rescue and placement into forever homes, while also promoting spaying and neutering.
The SPCA always needs financial donations, but they also appreciate the gift of time, through volunteering at the shelter or fostering dogs and cats that aren’t ready for adoption. This includes kittens and puppies that are too young to be spayed/neutered, nursing cats, animals recovering from surgery and those in need of additional socialization.
“When you foster an animal, you’re opening your heart and home to an animal that is not ready to be adopted out,” says SPCA Communications Manager Laura Van Antwerp. “Fostering is fast, easy and fun, and gives us the chance to take in more animals and save more lives.”
If you’re interested in more information in any of these areas, visit the SPCA’s website, or call 775-324-7773.
“We firmly believe there is a person for every pet, and we are dedicated to saving the lives of homeless pets,” Van Antwerp says. “What we do matters and we appreciate the community’s support.”