Wild night in Wonderland

RANCHO SANTA FE —  Last Saturday, Helen Woodward Animal Center’s 26th annual Spring Fling Gala took guests “Down the Rabbit Hole” and the result was a “Wonderland” of generosity for the Center’s orphan pets.

The June 7 festivities were enjoyed by 337 guests who celebrated a night of food, entertainment and live and silent auction items, raising a net of close to $300,000 donated to support the pets and the programs at Helen Woodward Animal Center.

The lavish affair was held in the Fairbanks Village Plaza in Rancho Santa Fe, thanks to the hospitality of Joe and Terri Davis, and was headed by Gala Committee Co-Chairwomen Rebecca Vigil and Marlaine Fetzer. Dave Scott from KUSI Channel 9 and Shelly Dunn from mornings on Jack 100.7 hosted the evening’s events.

Congratulations to Poseidon Restaurant in Del Mar, which received the “Best Restaurant” award, Mia Francesca which took home the “Best Passed Hors D’oeuvres” award and to Nora’s Baklava which took home the “Best Dessert” award. Chef Kurt Waefler, executive chef and instructor from the San Diego Culinary Institute and Dee Biller, local chef, caterer, culinary instructor and consultant, served as food judges.

“It was a wonderful night,” said Helen Woodward Animal Center President and CEO Mike Arms.  “Each year I get to spend this evening surrounded by guests, restaurants, donors, sponsors and supporters who all want to help orphan pets.  Anytime I see this many people coming together for that purpose, it touches my heart.”

For more information on Helen Woodward Animal Center or to make a donation, visit animalcenter.org or call (858) 756-4117.

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