Community turns out to support animal shelter

By Hank Lohmeyer

Community turns out to support animal shelter | Cedaredge, Animal Shelter

Photo by Hank Lohmeyer The Shelter Shoppe Crockpots for Critters fundraiser on Saturday provided a community gathering and fun social event for hundreds of valley residents.

A community room dining hall decorated and outfitted by Shelter Shoppe volunteers served as a heart felt "thank you" to hundreds of supporters who attended the 4th Crockpots for Critters fundraiser on Saturday.

Another hundred local businesses and individuals donated items for the silent auction; entertainer Beth Williams played music and sang during the evening; and dozens of homestyle dinner creations from "Crockpots of the Valley" were set out for sampling by everyone who enjoyed the event.

The Shelter Shoppe volunteers and community members who contributed to the banquet brought out their favorite family recipes for delicious entrees and appealing desserts. A complete potato bar offering was in high demand until the last potato was gone.

There was no offical tally of those attending. But the dining hall was filled to full for more than two hours as people came, ate, enjoyed themselves, and then went home only to be replaced by new arrivals during the bountiful banquet.

The event is a fundraiser to benefit the Friends Of Cedaredge Animal Control and its project to build a new shelter.

People can help support the cause with cash donations to the Friends of Cedaredge Animal Control, and by donating items for resale or especially volunteer their time helping at the Shelter Shoppe thrift store in Cedaredge. The thrift boutique is located at 290 N. Grand Mesa Drive and is open from 10 a.m. every day except Sundays and Wednesday.