Fundraiser to benefit Crossfield animal shelter, burn treatment
Some of Calgary and area’s hottest firefighters will be serving drinks and desserts for two good causes, Oct. 20 at Airdrie’s Cowboys Taphouse Bar and Grill beginning at 8 p.m.
Proceeds from the event, known as “Hot + Chocolate,” will be split between the Calgary Firefighters Burn Treatment Centre and Crossfield’s Tails to Tell Animal Rescue Shelter.
Every ticket holder will receive a copy of the Calgary Firefighters Burn Treatment Society’s newly released 2013 Hot Stuff Calendar, which features images of 13 shirtless Calgary firemen. The rest of the proceeds from ticket sales, silent auction items and donations will go to the shelter.
“By attending this event, people will be supporting the rescue and care of animals in need,” said Melodie Merrick, a shelter volunteer helping to organize the event. “Plus, there’s great prizes and great guys. Hot firefighters and dessert - it doesn’t get much better than that.”
She said Tails to Tell hopes to raise a minimum of $5,000 to fund shelter operations, feeding costs and veterinary expenses. As the shelter is now completely volunteer-run and doesn’t employ any paid staff, Merrick said 100 per cent of the proceeds will go to the animals.
“Our volunteer base is phenomenal and it’s increasing every week with new people coming in to help,” she said. “Our problem is our expenses - specifically our vet bills.”
Tails to Tell, which opened in September 2010, provides care and lodging for abandoned, lost and abused animals and helps them find responsible and loving families.
Currently, the shelter cares for 30 adult cats and 20 kittens ranging in age from two weeks to seven months. Merrick said many of the animals have injuries or illness when they come into the shelter, and kittens need to be vaccinated, examined and spayed or neutered, so the costs quickly add up.
“Our vet bills are thousands of dollars some months,” she said. “Since we run on donations only, there’s many months when it’s hard to unlock the door, so any help we can get is crucial. By attending this event, people will be supporting the only no-kill shelter in the area.”
Liz Draper of Calgary radio station XL 103 will emcee the evening’s events. There are about 40 tickets remaining for $60, which can be purchased at Critters Pet Supply in Crossfield or online at www.tailstotell.ca
For more information or to order tickets, contact Critters Pet Supply at 403-946-0011 or Tails to Tell at 403-946-0400.