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PAWS San Diego Celebrates 20 Years

Friday Jun 7, 2013

PAWS San Diego invites you to join them in celebrating their 20th anniversary at the private, sprawling 1920s estate of Robert Hunt, Jeff Johnson and Jim Urbina on Saturday, June 8.

Never was there a more PURRfect theme for the gay summer fête - flashbacks to the roaring '20s! It's an afternoon garden party plucked right out of "The Great Gatsby!" From the moment you park your vehicle at the Boy Scout lot on Upas Street your ritzy adventure begins, as you ride in a chauffeur-driven vintage car to front gate of the estate.

Fiesta Chair Kate Manning said, "PAWS San Diego has come so far in 20 years. We want to honor everyone who has been a part of that success and show where PAWS San Diego is going in the next 20 years. This year's Fiesta is centered around that theme, everything is tied to the Roaring '20s, the décor, entertainment, cars, food and the photo booth. I watched the old "Gatsby" movie and it was interesting to figure out how to translate those nighttime rager parties into a daytime gala. We really wanted to pull off the excitement of it all with our entertainers, band, color scheme."

On the menu during the VIP hour will be swanky tray-passed hors d'oeuvres, with a delectable buffet from 4 to 7 p.m.

"I am a huge foodie," Manning said. "It is really important to have great food and also cater to the vegetarians out there. After sampling food from three catering menus, we went with Wild Thyme Catering. Just to give you a teaser, the menu includes Bourbon Chicken Breast, Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms and Cabernet Short Ribs. Of course we'll also have well stocked bars with sodas, beer and wine."

PAWS San Diego put together quite a lineup of talent, including Third Coast Jazz Band and Lipstik, Inc., entertainment and dancers.

"They are nightclub entertainers, they're totally hip and have it going on. I think it's an amazing opportunity to see brilliant entertainers in the flapper, speakeasy genre. They'll be up on stage to close out the VIP hour, to welcome people to Fiesta, perform with the band and sell raffle tickets. I can't wait to see them, they are amazing and this is their first time working with a non-profit," Manning continued.

Bring your cash, credit card or checkbook dahlings, because PAWS San Diego has been collecting some incredible auction items for you. Look for tables laid out by region and experiences, there's a Hillcrest, Little Italy and North County table.

"Expect to see things you couldn't necessarily get anywhere else! Dinner at the firehouse, a South African Safari Tour, a stay in Newport, Rhode Island with a private tour of the Campbell Soup home. We have a silent auction, a raffle and one very special live auction item," said Manning.

Just for fun, the photo booth focuses on the speakeasy side of life. Manning said, "It is all prohibition-themed. There are props, boas, seersucker suits; you can take a photo all dressed up with your pet or with friends." Well-behaved, leashed dogs always get a free ticket to Fiesta!

Happy 20th Birthday, PAWS!

This year PAWS celebrates 20 amazing years of serving the San Diego community! Who would have guessed that the humble vision of an AIDS hospice nurse would lead to keeping thousands of disabled and chronically-ill San Diegans and their pets together?

Every month PAWS San Diego assists hundreds of low-income individuals with food delivery and vet care for their beloved companion animals, by ensuring that animals do not go hungry and owners do not feed their meals to their pets. They also support no-kill humane societies and shelters with bulk food to help them continue their missions. This year they launched the PAWS Pantry program in order to provide emergency pet meals to pet owners that can show proof of low-income status. For more information about the PAWS Pantry, please contact the PAWS office at 619.297.7297.

Providing pet food for low-income pet families helps keep pets in loving homes, which in turn lowers San Diego shelter populations. It's a win-win-win-helping pets, helping people, helping shelters!

Join The Rage Monthly in celebrating PAWS' 20th birthday at Fiesta 2013!

Fiesta 2013 is being held on Saturday, June 8 at 1048 Myrtle Way in Marsden Hills starting at 4 p.m. with a VIP reception at 3 p.m. Leashed and well-behaved dogs are welcome. For more information or to purchase tickets call 619.297.7297 or go to pawssandiego.org

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