Eons ago (or at least what feels like it) the shelter I volunteer for started a spring fundraiser called a "Kitten Shower"
The first one was thrown together with decorations from a baby shower with kitten heads on it. Some hors d'oeuvres on some plates and a punch bowl. It was fun!
They didn't do it again for several years, then someone had the brilliant idea to do it again, but they changed it into a money making opportunity. Stuff for sale, food for sale, raffles, a silent auction and donations were weighed and whomever bought in the most by weight would win a behind the scene tour of the shelter. Not a bad fundraiser, but far less of a community outreach / educational opportunity then I feel the original intent was. *shrug* I don't run the shelter, if it works for them so be it.
In the past I've attempted to help out, but it is pretty much standard fare at this point so there isn't really much to do, so I've backed out it. I tend to show up to see the donations (and go shopping for my foster kittens) either end of day or the next day, but this time I had to stop in so I was there for the festivities.
|Stuff for sale|
|Catchalls.. I love these things|
|and Jewelry to go in it|
|Fun crafts - I LOVE those little kittens.. only fifty cents too!!|
|A flower arrangement with a cat toy|
|An original painting|
|and more raffles|
|Cute kitty bed|
When I saw the raffle prizes, I said I totally wanted that cat painting. I had a couple of dollars on me so I bought two tickets and stuck my name in. There were a TON of tickets in there, so I figured I'd never win.
Guess who got a phone call :)
|Behind the 'sneeze guard' to keep it safe till we can find a wall to hang it on|