I just met with Kathryn, a lovely volunteer for a great local organization called Whisker City. She picked up a donation from me for their upcoming Sacred Cat Ball, their annual fundraiser that helps them raise much-needed funds to help them rescue and care for abused, neglected and abandoned cats and kittens.
Here is the blurb from their website:
Whisker City rescues and rehabilitates abused, neglected and abandoned cats and kittens, shelters them, and places them in loving homes.
Help us save lives! Join our auction effort, enjoy a catered vegetarian dinner with special celebrity guests — see who’s coming…
To become a Table Captain where you can invite your friends to join you at your table, or to donate an item.
They contacted me many weeks ago about making a donation, and thankfully have been really great at staying on top of me during this craziness of work with my business.
It’s so important to me personally to be able to give back, and although it’s something I don’t talk about much on this blog, it’s not uncommon for me to donate a product or service as often as 8-10 times per year.
I very rarely turn an animal rescue organization down, and have only not donated when I have been so busy I miss the deadline for the procurement form. Oh, FYI: I ONLY donate to animal-related organizations that help rescue and care for needy animals.
Organizations I have donated to in the last 4-5 years include:
Seattle/Bellevue Humane Society
Feral Cat Spay and Neuter Society
Northwest Animal Rights Network
Pasado’s Safe Haven (this was for last month’s bowling fundraiser)
Seattle Animal Shelter
Best Friends Animal Society
Prison Pet Partnership Program
I have a feeling there have been others but those are the ones I remember off the top of my head.
SO, what did I donate to the Sacred Cat Ball?
A gift certificate for a ‘Feature’ photo session: a 90-minute shoot + prints package that includes 4 8×10 prints (or $100 in print credit) a private online gallery and travel up to 40 miles from D/T Seattle. Value: $325.
The GC is going in their live auction, and they will have a powerpoint presentation that includes all of the items in the auction.
I am so excited to find out who wins this certificate! I imagine it will be a kitty since there will be so many cat lovers there. If you are a kitty owner in the Seattle area and have been wishing for a Cowbelly photo session for your furkids, this would be a great opportunity to pick one up while supporting a great organizaton at the same time.
There are some really amazing items in their auction, items I’d really like to win.
If you are a kitty lover and believe in supporting organizations that do very good things for very good (and needy) animals, please consider attending the event.
Everett Events Center – Edward D. Hansen Conference Center
2000 Hewitt Avenue – Everett, WA – 98201
June 7, 2008 – 5:00 pm
Whisker City website.
Lastly, my apologies for the total lack of photographs on my blog recently. I am still busy with my commercial project, but anticipate being done by this weekend. Also trying to catch up with regular Cowbelly work. Yesterday between Christina and I we sent over 50 emails! If you have yet to hear from us please don’t fear, I anticipate being (mostly) caught up with everyone by the end of the week.
I also have some new images to show, including some from a couple of shoots I did the weekend before the commercial shoot. Remember the week when it was 80 degrees and sunny one day and then 45 degrees, windy and pouring rain the next day? Yeah, that one. Should be an interesting contrast.
This weekend I am planning to hang a new (big) Decopaw art display in Seattle. I will give details on that once it’s up. This will be the biggest display I have ever hung, and in such a cool space. I’ll try and remember to take pictures. Very exciting stuff.
And then, once this week is over, I can focus on finishing my first of two very exciting projects. I am getting really excited to share it with my blog audience but still have a lot of work to do before it’s ready to launch. I am still planning on a May (mid-May?) launch date. Stay tuned for that! I will be sure to say “this is project #1” when it launches. Did I mention I was excited? Lots of excitement lately! Yippee. 🙂