All gussied up |

All gussied up

Wren Wertin
AE Dimtri Cat BH 10-28

Vodka, gin, olives, twists, shaken, stirred – these are subjects worth exploring, one sip at a time. And the cats and dogs of Eagle County think so, too.

That’s right, it’s time for the annual Martini Ball, which evolved from Hong Kong Cafe’s Martini Mixer. Lifties and jet-set types can rub shoulders and clink glasses in the name of charity. The dress for the evening is “Colorado Black Tie,” meaning party frocks and tails if you have them – if you don’t, anything snazzy will do. The order of business is dancing, eating, drinking, and raising a bit of cash for the Eagle Valley Humane Society.

Mercedes Dauphinais, a local singer, will be performing for the first hour, and then a DJ will take it from there.

“The DJ will go along with the feel of the crowd,” explained Char Quinn of the Humane Society. “He’ll keep them dancing – that’s what DJs do.”

No stranger to the dance floor, Quinn already has her dress all picked out.

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During the evening, guests will have the chance to bid on silent auction items, including an Armani jacket, jewelry, and wine. There are also several raffles. Last year’s pet party raised $7,500 for the organization, which depends heavily on fund-raisers for its operating budget.

“All the money we get is from private donations, grants and fund-raisers,” said Quinn.

The Humane Society has an active presence in the valley, with a radio program – Paws for Pets, an inmate training program – Pen Pals, bite prevention classes and videos, spay and neuter programs and more.

“Over 800,000 thousand children are bitten by dogs every year in America,” said Quinn. “And sometimes, the bites are by friendly dogs who might be startled.”

The Humane Society works hand in hand with the Eagle County Animal Shelter, which has several animals that used to have homes and need them again. According to Quinn, the most prevalent reason for people having to give up their pet is the housing situation in Vail Valley. Often, dogs or cats are not allowed in a rental situation. Some people change their lifestyle and find that they no longer have time for a pet.

It also has a couple of itty bitty kittens who were discovered without a mama. Dimitri, Skunk and Natasha are in foster care as they go from bottle feeding to real food. They’ll be adoptable in a few weeks.

Sanctuary is located in the Vista Bahn building at the top of Bridge Street. Tickets are $50 per person or $80 per couple. They’re available at The Tap Room or by calling 479-0500 ext. 1. The party goes from 8 p.m. until midnight.

Anybody who attends gets to stand up and take a bow-wow.

Wren Wertin can be reached via e-mail at or phone at 949-0555, ext. 618.

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