The "Crockpots for Critters" fundraiser on Saturday was a well-attended big success for Friends of Cedaredge Animal Control.
Money raised by the benefit will go entirely toward helping with the considerable ongoing costs of operating the FCAC shelter in Cedaredge, and for care of the pets that call it home on their way to finding a new family.
Shelter Shop Manager Lynn Sorlye said, "Everyone is just thrilled with the turnout, with all the support, and with the donated slow-cooker food." She estimated that over 300 meals were served.
And while the money raised and the many bags of pet supplies that were donated are a generous windfall for the FCAC, the costs of operating FCAC don't stop.
"There are several ways that people can donate to the shelter," Sorlye said, "They can adopt a pet and shop at the Shelter Shop. They can volunteer as a dog walker or other position." And donations of cash and pet supplies are always needed.
There was a divergence of thought among FCAC volunteers as the Saturday event time approached whether there would be a shortage of guests or of food.
As it turned out, there was an abundance of both. The Saturday before Valentine's Day was perfect timing to find folks in a bit of holiday celebration mood for helping a favorite local cause.
And the unexpected donations of slow-cookers filled with delicious food kept arriving all day prior to the event. It was a true outpouring of community support from people who have proven their devotion in a similar way by providing pots of chili for the firemen's fundraiser every year at AppleFest.
Was this community event really an outpouring of compassion just for homeless pets? Or might it have been a rally for friends and neighbors whom everyone knows, and who work selflessly to make FCAC a benefit to the entire Surface Creek Valley? It was probably some of both.
The main dish offerings spanned the slow-cooker gourmet gamut with everything from economical and nutritious red beans and rice to hearty beef stew and barbecue pork ribs. Along the way there were soulful ethnic favorites like sausage with potatoes and sauerkraut, and even a mid-winter favorite offering of homemade chicken noodle soup.
Local merchants and crafts people showed support with donations to a silent auction. Premium sporting goods, quality clothing, handmade jewelry and craft items along with a few libations drew lively bidder interest.
FCAC board member Judy Overdorff said "everyone was so happy with the turnout. People who came to pay and eat even brought donations, too. It was just a wonderful event."
A large and growing stack of donated bags of pet food and treats overwhelmed the wheelbarrow placed in a corner to hold them. By evening's end the stack had reached "not quite all the way to the ceiling," Overdorff said.blog comments powered by Disqus