Animal Shelter Benefits from Dinner Fundraiser
Dozens of participants attended the fifth annual Wine and Paws Dinner fundraiser hosted by the Lincoln Center Hy-Vee and raised more than $5,000 for the Ames Animal Shelter. Since its inception, the Hy-Vee Wine and Paws Dinner has contributed more than $16,000 toward medical care and special needs of animals at the shelter.
“We are so grateful to Hy-Vee and their terrific staff for putting together this fundraiser,” said Ron Edwards, Animal Control Supervisor. “Wine and Paws has grown more popular every year, and we appreciate all the participants who play a role in its success.”
Through steady taxpayer support and the influx of donations, the Ames Animal Shelter sustains a live release rate of 95 percent. Many animals come into the shelter sick or injured, and some need special medical treatment or long-term care to get healthy. Those treatments are often paid by donations.
Hy-Vee Store Director Kevin Mills, along with Wine and Spirits Manager Kevin Weber, plan the Wine and Paws event in April. It included a five-course vegetarian dinner prepared by a Hy-Vee chef and paired with appropriate wines. Participants gave a suggested donation amount to attend the dinner, and items were offered in a silent auction to raise additional funds. This year’s event raised $5,240.
The next Wine and Paws Dinner will be held in April 2018. Look for more information on the Ames Animal Shelter Facebook page or at Lincoln Center Hy-Vee closer to the event.
Photo caption: From left, Hy-Vee Wine and Spirits Manager Kevin Weber presents Ames Animal Shelter representatives Abbey Weimann, Kathy Pike, and Ron Edwards a donation from the annual Wine and Paws event.