Archive for Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Basehor fundraiser carries on tradition of support for Safe Harbor

May 13, 2015

There will be a lot more healthy dogs looking for their forever home later this month after Holy-Field Vinyard in Basehor sponsors its annual “Ladies Night” on May 21.

Benefitting Safe Harbor Dogs, Holy-Field hopes to raise at least $6,000 to help provide veterinary needs to dogs that have been rescued from nearby kill shelters and area disasters, such as the tornado that struck Joplin in 2011.

This fundraising relationship began eight years ago when Holy-Field Vinyard owner Michelle Meyer was looking for a way to give back to the Basehor community.

“It felt like an appropriate fit,” she said. “Their offices and boarding facility were right across State Avenue at the time. Now they are in Bonner Springs.”

In addition to spay/neutering, grooming and shots for the dogs, Safe Harbor also works with the Lansing Correctional Facility to train the dogs. Inmates work with the dogs on housebreaking and general command training to get the dogs ready to go to their forever homes.

“Safe Harbor works to put the right owner with the right dog,” Holy-Field manager Mandy Hampton said. “It’s a unique win/win for the community. The dogs get a second chance, and the inmates give back and let people know they care. Both the humans and the canines win.”

This extremely popular Ladies Night annual event sells out within minutes of online tickets becoming available. This year was no exception. Within the first 30 minutes, nearly 400 tickets were sold. Attendees will receive a souvenir wine glass and will be able to sample food from local vendors, have their photo taken in a unique photo bus, enjoy music provided by a DJ, shop the area boutique vendors that will be on-hand and of course sample some of the delicious Holy-Field wines grown in the vineyard.

“Every year we are thrilled with the response we receive for this event and we are so happy to do it,” Meyer said. “It benefits a great cause.”

A special guest on-hand will be Herman, a bulldog/basset hound mix, who is currently a long-term rescue at Safe Harbor. Herman is looking for his forever home, but the new owner must be aware of his special life-long medical needs. This 3-year-old dog needs daily medicines to help him digest food, but is sure to wins someone’s heart.

Some items already received and up for auction that night include dining cards, movie passes, vendor specialty items, dry cleaning services, Royals tickets, rounds of golf at local golf courses, restaurant gift certificates and a Crown Center entertainment pack.

While no additional tickets are available, anyone wanting to help out can donate items to the silent auction. Those interested can contact Holy-Field at 913-724-9463 to make arrangements for a donation of either an item for the auction or a monetary donation that will be given directly to Safe Harbor.

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