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March 03, 2012 - Whiskers and Wags Jubilee

What: 5th Annual Gala Fundraiser for the Fort Collins Cat Rescue and Spay/Neuter Clinic

Where: Hilton Fort Collins Ballroom

When: Saturday , March 3, 2012

Time: 5:30 p.m.

Host(s): Terry Jester

Executive Director: Sarah Swanty

Committee Members: Jennifer Anderson, Britt Boehner, Ashley Boothe, Hilary Foshee, Carol Mahoney, Len Mahoney, Leslie Quitmeye and Ruth Swanty

Speaker: Dr. Temple Grandin

Sponsors: Premier Sponsor: Petco Foundation, Platinum Sponsor: Poudre Pet & Feed Supply, Gold Sponsor: Austin Korshak Hach Memorial Fund, Dye & Whitcomb LLC, Friendship Hospital for Animals, The Women's Clinic of Northern Colorado, Poudre Valley Hospital, The Scratchin' Post

Auctioneer: Seaworth Auctions

Quote of the evening: "We serve cats"

Attendance: 425

Board of Directors: Carol Mahoney, President, Craig Kozak, Vice President, Leslie Quitmeyer, Secretary, Susan Gilbert, Treasurer, Christie Long, Kurt Colicchio

Blacktie Photos by: Carol Burkett

 Guests were treated to a talk by world renown animal sciences professor, Dr. Temple Grandin
Guests were treated to a talk by world renown animal sciences professor, Dr. Temple Grandin

This sold out gala in the ballroom of the Hilton Fort Collins brought together over 400 cat lovers from across Colorado to support the Fort Collins Cat Rescue & Spay/Neuter Clinic. This no-kill shelter/clinic was started in 2006 by two veterinary technicians who recognized the need to both place homeless cats in loving homes and control further overpopulation by spay and neutering. Since its inception, the shelter has placed over 4,000 cats in loving homes and has operated on over 18,000 animals.

Local Colorado artists created unique cat figurines, which were the centerpiece of the silent auction. These "Grand Cats" had been displayed at art galleries in Fort Collins and Loveland, generating lots of interest before the auction.

The evening opened with a dinner buffet and time to make the first silent auction bids.  Terry Jester, a companion animal expert, served as emcee.  Sarah Swanty, executive director of the FCCRSNC thanked everyone for coming and let the crowd know that for the first time, the gala had sold out earlier in the day.  She recognized Carol and Len Mahoney, longtime shelter volunteers.  Carol currently serves as the president of the board of directors. The shelter staff and volunteers then gathered on the stage to recognize volunteer Jane Seik, who holds a special place in the hearts of everyone associated with the shelter.  

Bill Seaworth, of Seaworth Auctions, conducted the paddle raiser and live auction, exceeding the fundraising goals for the evening.  

Emcee Terry Jester returned to the stage to talk about heros, telling the audience why Dr. Temple Grandin was a hero to her, and with that introduction, Dr. Grandin came to the stage.  Named one of Time magazine's 100 Most Influential People in the World, Dr. Grandin is a professor of animal sciences at Colorado State University.  Drawing on her unique strengths as an autistic adult, Dr. Grandin has worked for decades as a woman in the male dominated field of livestock management, designing handling systems and advising those working with animals, on animal behavior.  She shares her knowledge about both animals and autism, through her articles, books and public speaking engagements.  Grandin spoke about her book Animals Make Us Human: Creating the Best Life For Animals and then she took questions from the audience.

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