Elk Country Animal Shelter to host dinner fundraiser

LEWISTON – The Elk Country Animal Shelter in Atlanta will be hosting it’s 11th annual Italian Dinner at the St. Francis of Assisi Church in Lewiston Saturday, from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. The dinner includes homemade lasagna, tossed salad, garlic bread and various desserts prepared by local bakers from around Montmorency County.

The fundraiser also includes the shelter’s Chair-ity auction where local artists and crafters have decorated unique furniture to be auctioned off to the highest bidder.

“Most of our auction items are hand-crafted and include old chairs and even birdhouses,” shelter board vice president Robin Smiley said. “A lot of the furniture is donated or used from our annual garage sale, and the birdhouses are donated by local woodcrafters.”

All the money raised from the dinner and auction go to the Elk Country Animal Shelter to be used for opperating costs such as maintenance, bills and pet food.

“We are always in need of dog food and cat food, treats and cleaning supplies like regular bleech,” Smiley said. “Of course what we are most in need of are warm, loving homes for all of the animals.”

Smiley said running a shelter takes a lot of support, and that the dinner is one of the main fundraisers for the year. The event is also the kick-off for the annual shelter raffle, this year featuring a Kabota RTV. Tickets for that raffle are $5 each or 5 tickets for $20, and the drawing for the winner will be in September.

“We also do a special prize drawing at this dinner,” Smiley said. “Anyone who brings in a bag or box of pet food or treats will be entered into the special drawing for a unique prize.”

Smiley said keeping the shelter running requires a lot of work and support from the community, and she is greatful for the continued support that has been shown.

“Being an animal shelter, we are there for the homeless animals in the area, and by supporting our dinner, you’re supporting your local shelter,” Smiley said. “The dinner is delicious, and the auction is always a lot of fun. Everyone is welcome.”

For more information about the shelter or the dinner, contact the Elk County Animal Shelter at 785-3738.

Nicole Grulke can be reached via email at ngrulke@thealpenanews.com or by phone at 358-5687. Follow Nicole on Twitter @ng_alpenanews.