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October 16, 2010 - MaxFund: Puttin On The Max 2010

Where: The Brown Palace

When: Saturday, October 16, 2010

Time: 5:30 p.m.

Ticket Prices: $100 Individual
$175 for a couple
$900 for a table of ten
$1,500 Corporate Table of Ten

Founders: Bill and Nanci Suro

Staff: Tony Willemse, director; Paulette Curry, office manager; Heidi Hahn, director, medical services clinic

Sponsors: DUO Marketing and PR, 1stBank, Webster Veterinary, Cara Mia, Kentwood City Properties, Rowdy Bob Trading Company, Whole Foods, Cruisin' Oldies 950 Radio

Menu: Organic mixed garden lettuces with roma tomatoes, goat cheese and thyme baguette; prime rib or salmon; grilled vegetable strudel with smoked gouda cream; cream whipped potatoes, fresh seasonal vegetables, cheesecake duet with spiced black compote

Attire: Black Tie Invited or Black Tie Optional

Information: Jennifer 303.683.9535

Board of Directors: Elizabeth Grice – President; Bill Suro – Vice President; Phyllis Eveleigh – Secretary; Jan Eckhardt; Simon Melser; Jen Lane; Julie Faux

Blacktie Photos by: Pamela Cress

 Founder Dr. Bill Suro, left, Mark Palmer and Dr. Peter Emily
Founder Dr. Bill Suro, left, Mark Palmer and Dr. Peter Emily


There was a line in a movie recently where someone said, "dogs don't know how to be selfish." Take little Abby, for instance. She is a cattle dog/corgi mix who was wandering the streets in New Mexico and who is the sweetest and kindest thing. Shelters there said she "looked too aggressive," and didn't want her, but Abby doesn't have an aggressive bone in her body. She looks at you with soulful eyes, just wanting a kind word and a pet here and there.

MaxFund Animal Adoption Center provides care and shelter for dogs like Abby, and she was looking for a permanent home at the annual Puttin' On the Max soiree at the Brown Palace on Saturday evening. This year's theme for the glamorous party was "Paws Vegas," complete with ritzy decorations, dancing girls to take photos with, hundreds of tempting and unique auction items and of course the "pet parade" of adoptable dogs.

MaxFund was established in 1988 by founders Bill and Nanci Suro when they undertook a challenging care project at their vet hospital. Max had been hit by a car and needed extensive surgeries and rehabilitiation. They started the "Max Fund" to offset some of Max's expenses, and he recooperated and was adopted by one of the vets. Throughout his whole ordeal, Max kept his bright and amazing attitude. No selfishness in sight.

Since then, Maxfund has grown into a no-kill shelter that has found adoptive homes for 26,456 animals and provided 45,220 spays and neuters for pets of low income families. They now operate mobile spay and neuter clinics in the San Luis Valley. If good Samaritans are afraid to bring in injured animals because they fear they will have to incur large vet bills, MaxFund takes care of all that and cares for the animals until a good home can be found. They also provide adoptions with no fee, pet food, cat litter and transportation for veterinary services for senior citizens and AIDS patients. In short, no selfishness here!

If you would like to help join in the effort to make sure our furry friends have care and a good home, you can support MaxFund at, call the volunteer hotline at 303-595-3824 (you can help by just walking and exercising the dogs, cuddle the cats or help with office and fundraising efforts), or visit the shelter at 1025 Galapago St. in Denver. It's the unselfish thing to do.

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