The Wisconsin Humane Society (WHS) is a private, nonprofit organization whose mission is to build a community where people value animals and treat them with respect and kindness. For more than 128 years, WHS has been saving the lives of animals in need. We offer adoption services that place 9,000 animals in new homes annually, veterinary services that save thousands of lives, educational programs that instill respect for animals, behavior services to assist guardians and a myriad of other initiatives that help end suffering for animals. We depend entirely on private donations to fund our programs and rely on volunteers in nearly every department. If you are interested in adopting, volunteering, enrolling in a class, taking a tour or making a donation, check out our comprehensive web site at wihumane.org. The adoptable animals' web pages are updated every 30 minutes!
Review of Feasting for Fido
By Peter Shannon, freelance writer & guest contributor
The second annual “Feasting for Fido” celebration fought off a record four inches of rain from the previous night in order to hold a successful fundraiser on Thursday, July 15, 2010 for the Wisconsin Humane Society. It was held at the shelter at 4500 W. Wisconsin Avenue in Milwaukee.
The event consisted of over 25 hand-picked restaurants, breweries, and other specialty confectionaries from around the greater Milwaukee area, each having a wide variety of vegetarian foods and other delights for guests to sample with their common goal of nobody going home with an empty stomach. Attendees could fly through the Frontier Airlines cookie table, sample divine pasta from Zaffiro’s, and even snag some fresh homemade catnip and dog treats from Tess.
All the restaurants did an exceptional job, and it was difficult for a few to stand out to be awarded special recognition by celebrity judges Nicole Koglin, Ted Perry, Molly Fay, Tiffany Ogle and Phil Cianciola. Water Buffalo was awarded for best presentation, Mr. B’s was given kudos for the best samples, and Le Reve was bestowed the award of having the best decorations.
The affair would not have run as smoothly as it did if not for over 75 motivated volunteers in attendance assisting with the festivities. The helpers did everything from greeting people and tending the wine bars, to handling auctions and raffles, while also educating guests on the organization.
Some of the auction offerings included autographed paraphernalia from the likes of Ahman Green, Brandon Jennings, and the entire beloved Packer’s team. Items up for grabs in the raffle were tickets to wine tasting events, DJ/Karaoke packages, a Brewer’s suite, and a La Lune dog bed which was taken home by the mother of yours truly.
The successful fundraiser far surpassed last year’s inaugural event, which had already left a favorable impression. Ticket sales increased by 25%, and 525 people attended. Attendees weren’t the only happy campers, though, as at least eight animal residents found homes during the evening!
Everyone in attendance left with smiles on their faces. Whether it was the lucky adopted animals or the patrons who had sampled great food, or drinks, there were no frowns to be seen leaving the event. “Feasting for Fido” might just be a real winner for the Wisconsin Humane Society for years to come, and it sure is not an event to miss next year.
For more information about the Wisconsin Humane Society, visit www.wihumane.org.