Humane Society Mixes Fund-Raising And Fun

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The Humane Society of Central Arizona hopes to raise money to save hundreds of dogs, cats and other pets with money donated for a unique fund-raiser.

Fresh off awarding a bid to build its new shelter, the Humane Society will launch one of its major annual fund-raisers, which features an afternoon filled with music, food and wine on the picturesque grounds at Randall Ranch in Rye on June 4.

The event will include a gourmet picnic lunch, delectable desserts, bluegrass and blues, as well as a bronze art display.

Dubbed “Reds, Whites, Bronzes and Bluegrass,” organizers will serve red and white wines presented by winemaker Mark Lyon, of Sebastiani Vineyards, Sonoma, Calif. and Southern Arizona’s Coronado Vineyards owner Jacque Cook.

The Lyon family hosted last year’s successful event “Country Wine, Jazz, Cheese and Chocolate Festival” at their La Cienega Ranch.

Coronado Vineyards, a family business owned and managed by Jacque Cook and her husband Mark, produces some of Arizona’s finest wines from vineyards nestled against the Dos Cabezas mountains an hour’s drive from Tucson. The vineyard has won numerous awards.

On stage will be “Murphy’s Law” offering an eclectic mix of bluegrass, swing, old-timey, and original music from a group of highly regarded musicians. The group uses varied instruments, including mandolin, guitar, and claw hammer style banjo.

Sharing the stage will be “The Loose Cannons Blues Band,” known for its unique style of “deep” traditional Chicago style blues.

Led by James Bailey, the original Loose Cannons Band founder and drummer, the members of this eclectic band include some of the top blues musicians in Arizona.

In addition to food, wine, bronzes, bluegrass and blues, the event will include lip print readings, canine “loose leash and free style” demonstrations and chair massage.

Donors will participate in a raffle to win a trip to California’s wine country.

The trip includes round trip airfare to Oakland and a three-night stay, wine and food pairings and spa treatments at the Kenwood Inn and Spa in Sonoma, Calif. The Inn received the Condé Nast Travelers Reader’s Choice Award 2010 for Top Small Resort U.S. and Condé Nast also named Kenwood Inn and Spa to its annual Gold List of The World’s Best Places to Stay.

A $100 donation earns a ticket. The Humane Society is selling tickets for “Reds, Whites, Bronzes and Bluegrass” online at www.humanesocietycentralaz.org, or through the board of directors and individual ticket captains.

All proceeds will benefit the animals served by the Humane Society of Central Arizona a nonprofit 501 (c) (3) organization.

For more information call (928) 474-5590.

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