The annual Crockpots for Critters fundraiser is set for the Cedaredge Civic Center Saturday, Feb. 13, from 4:30 to 7 p.m.
Shelter Shoppe volunteers are promising lots of great home cooking for everyone to enjoy at the small price of a $5 ticket, available at the Shelter Shoppe or at the door of the event.
In the few short years since its inception, Crockpots for Critters has become the valley's favorite Valentine's Day celebration. It is truly a love feast to benefit everyone's favorite furry friends.
This year, activities benefit the new building fundraising project being conducted by the Friends of Cedaredge Animal Control at the Surface Creek Shelter.
The dedicated Shelter Shoppe volunteers promise to cook up lots of great tasting home recipes for their guests again this year. Some of the main dishes found listed on the signup sheet posted in the back hallway at the Shelter Shoppe include pulled pork, barbecue beef, spicy chicken thighs, chicken and dumplings, chicken noodle soup, several types of chili, and a very special recipe of Louisiana red beans and rice. There will also be a complete potato bar, sides, desserts and vegetarian dishes as well. Iced tea, coffee and lemonade are included.
But all that comfort food being readied for a mid-winter community get-together is only part of the story. There will be a silent auction with lots of great items available for guests to bid on at their leisure. Beth Williams of Cedaredge will provide live music.
While everyone is getting reacquainted with friends and neighbors coming out of hibernation after the long, cold winter, there will be door prize drawings throughout the evening.
One change this year is that instead of asking for pet food donations as an entry to the drawings, those tickets will be available for a goodwill donation to the FCAC's shelter building fund account.
(Anyone is welcome also to donate food for the shelter animals. If you do, please select the Pedigree dog food or the PurinaOne cat and kitten foods the shelter personnel use regularly. The shelter also uses the Tidy Cat "non-clumping" litter product.)
Also, the volunteers say they have prepared a lot of food for their expected guests, so community donations of crockpot dishes aren't being solicited. But if good-hearted animal lovers want to prepare a dish to share, the volunteers ask that it be delivered to the Civic Center before 4 p.m. As this event is a special fundraiser for the new building, they hope that anyone wishing to donate a recipe dish please consider buying a $5 ticket as well.
There will be even more fun and opportunity to support the building project. The amazingly dedicated and talented Shelter Shoppe volunteers have made a couple of dozen special, handcrafted aprons that will be on display during the banquet and also available for purchase, with proceeds going to FCAC building fund. The aprons are uniquely fashioned from men's shirts. The buttoned-down shirt fronts are tastefully decorated with creative additions and the long sleeves are re-purposed to be the back-ties. Each apron is totally unique.
Get your tickets early. Last year's event hosted over 300 people, volunteers say. You can bring the whole family because little ones under the age of 5 eat free.