Cocktail Party Fundraiser and Auction for Area Animals Helps the Helpless
On October 13, the Paws for Life and MidAtlantic Horse Rescue organization hosted a Cocktail Party and Auction Fundraiser for their dog and horse rescue center. For the night, wine and beer were donated, the catering was provided by Back Creek Golf Club and for the auction, over 300 silent auction items were available and 17 live auction items as well. This led to over 300 people attending the event and donating to the organizations cause. The night was sponsored by a host of local businesses and individuals, all listed here.
Jill Hartzler explained that the organization “rescues family friendly dogs (and the occasional cat) who are facing euthanasia, gets them spayed/neutered, up to date on shots, and figures out what kind of home they would do best in. As MidAtlantic Horse Rescue, we rescue off the track thoroughbreds to find them new homes rather than have them shipped for slaughter.” The night’s profits are going to be used to help with the expenses of the missions of their organization.
Hartzler said that they had no specific goal, “however, the event far surpassed our expectations. It was amazing and we are so grateful to all of our sponsors and supporters. People were extremely generous in their donations of time, items for auction and money.” In order to gather attendees for the big night, Hartzler and colleagues used ads in the local newspaper, radio advertisements, as well as social media, like the organization’s Facebook page’s, here and here. They also put up reminders on their own websites, the Paws for Life page, and the MidAtlantic Horse Rescue Page. With all the advertisements they used, Hartzler said that word of mouth worked best by far. “We had our first cocktail party/auction 4 years ago when we opened our new kennel. We have it every other year, so this was our 3rd event. It is always a big hit and word of mouth from previous attendees was huge in getting the word out,” she said.
Hartzler said that they were too many highlights of the day to share. “The most memorable moment was just as a whole – standing back and seeing all of the amazing people who came just to support our causes,” she explained. And planning the event was well worth the effort. Her advice to others planning events, “Start early, have a committee, and be organized!”