Crossfield Hot and Chocolate fundraiser heating up again
As the nights turn chilly, Crossfield’s Tails to Tell Animal Rescue Shelter is looking to heat things up with the second annual Hot and Chocolate event on Oct. 19.
“This is one of our major fundraisers and helps us pay the bills for a few months,” said Tails to Tell volunteer Melodie Merrick.
The event features delicious desserts provided by Airdrie’s BabyTooth Bambino’s Neighbourhood Pub, where the event is being held starting at 8 p.m., and firefighters from various surrounding districts are ready to sell you the shirt off their back.
Merrick said last year’s event raised between $7,000 and $8,000 and a similar fundraising event called Hot Stuff and Cool Chicks held in April, raised about $11,000 for the shelter.
“If it works, why fix it,” Merrick said of the theme of the event, adding the shelter hopes to raise at least $5,000 from this event.
The event also includes door prizes and a silent auction with items such as luggage, hair salon gift certificates, Hitmen tickets, a gift basket from Kitchen Boutique, hotel gift certificate and more.
Tickets to the event are $60 and include a decadent dessert and a copy of the 2014 Tails to Tell Firefighters Fundraising Calendar, if the calendars are received from the printer in time, Merrick said.
She added the shelter is also coming out with a more family friendly 2014 fundraising calendar featuring local pets, which should be available at the shelter soon.
All proceeds from the event will go to support the shelter and the Calgary Burn Unit.
The shelter will use the funds to help cover operation costs and the cost of vet bills.
“We’re nearing 100 animals right now because the kittens just keep coming,” Merrick said, adding the vet bills for that number of animals is very high.
The shelter has dogs, cats, a stingray and birds.
She reminds pet owners to spay or neuter their pets to help control the pet population and keep animals from needing to be in a shelter in the first place.
“Come support the only local shelter in the area,” Merrick said, adding a lot of the animals in their care come from the areas surrounding Crossfield.
Tickets can be purchased at Tails To Tell Animal Rescue Shelter located at 903 Mountain Ave, Crossfield, or online at http://tailstotell.ca/store/products