Animal Center readies spring fling

Animal Center readies spring fling
American Idol Contestant/Spring Fling Performer Kristi Krause meets a Helen Woodward Animal Center adoptable pup. Krause will perform at the upcoming fundraiser June 1 in Rancho Santa Fe. Courtesy photo

RANCHO SANTA FE — Committee Chairwoman Rebecca Vigil and Honorary Co-Chairpersons Nathan and Mindy Fletcher, invite the community to this year’s silver anniversary of Helen Woodward Animal Center’s Spring Fling Gala, to be held from 5:30 p.m. to midnight June 1 at Fairbanks Village Plaza. 

Tickets are still available in Silver, Gold and Platinum levels (ranging from $250 to $500 a ticket) with various special amenities included at each level. Platinum level seats include a personal wait staff for the evening, valet service, express check-in and check-out, a VIP take-home gift. To purchase tickets contact Melissa Alvarado at (858) 756-4117, ext. 350 or visit

From an American Idol celebrity performance to an Academy-Award-winning star’s luncheon auction item, the evening celebrates a quarter century of philanthropy benefiting the center’s programs for animals and people in need.

The evening includes cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, a silent auction and a 5-star dining experience from 20 top San Diego restaurants (including Pacifica Del Mar, Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse, The Melting Pot, Burlap and Piatti). The dinner concludes with the announcement of “Best Restaurant,” selected by celebrity culinary judges. Dance and enjoy the company of some fuzzy HWC VIPs; hosted bars; live entertainment and an opportunity drawing to win a Wine Cellar, collected at the “Corks for Critters” Helen Woodward Animal Center Wine Party May 23.

Former chairpersons and co-chairpersons unite for a special award ceremony honoring 25 years of Spring Fling Gala Committee leaders followed by a performance by American Idol contestant Kristi Krause. The 19-year-old singer/songwriter and San Diego native performs locally and regionally, while working toward her college degree, and is putting the finishing touches on her latest single set to release this summer.

“When she came to the center for a photo shoot, Kristi was amazing with the orphan puppies,” said Animal Care Supervisor Amy Barnes. “You could see her genuine devotion to helping homeless pets. We are really grateful and a little star-struck too.”




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