The ninth annual Meow and Chow, which took place the evening of October 27, raised $9,000 for Lincoln Animal Ambassador and The Cat House.
Lincoln Animal Ambassadors and The Cat House are grateful to the numerous businesses and individuals that donated food and prizes. Attendees dined on a selection of 18 soups, a dozen breads, and several desserts. About 100 prizes were won through numerous bingo games and raffle drawings. In addition, 75 people won M&M bags of various sizes.
Appreciation goes to Nature’s Variety for sponsoring the fundraiser and the Center for People in Need for offering the venue space. Also invaluable were the 50 volunteers working behind the scenes.
By 5:30 p.m., energy ran high among diners as each table awaited their turn in the food line. Sharon, who has attended for several years, said she came to support a good cause and to reconnect with people in animal welfare. She always looks forward to trying a variety of soups.
After the meal, TCH volunteers Wayne and April Skoda called several games of bingo. Another long-time attendee, Lauren, said she appreciated that the services of LAA and TCH benefit the whole Lincoln community. Prior to attending Meow & Chow she hadn’t ever played bingo, and said she enjoys playing it.
The evening culminated in a raffle that featured an iPad, $250 Target Gift Card, Husker Football tickets for the Illinois game, and two Cat House embroidered red fleece jackets. Another long-time attendee, Mickey, declared that the whole evening was fun. She particularly likes all the opportunities to win prizes.
New this year, 12 diners entered the Halloween costume contest. The three top winners received raffle tickets and an assortment of other prizes. The winning couple dressed as superman and wonder women. Unfortunately, superman himself joked that “his kryptonite necklace may have caused them some advanced aging.”
Both Lincoln Animal Ambassadors and The Cat House are volunteer-run, and proceeds from Meow & Chow go towards their operating expenses. Lincoln Animal Ambassadors addresses the root causes of animal homelessness in the Lancaster County through a voucher-based low-cost spay/neuter program, an income-based pet food bank, and humane education. The Cat House is a no-kill shelter and adoption facility for cats in the Lincoln area. The group also runs a Trap/Neuter/Return program for feral cats.