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Party for Humane causes in Eagle-Vail

Caramie Schnell
cschnell@vaildaily.com
VAIL CO, Colorado
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Party like an animal, for the animals, on Saturday at the Humane Society’s annual Animal Party. Route 6 Cafe in Eagle-Vail is hosting the event, which starts at 6:30 p.m.

“This is a small, local get-together for people to come out and support the animals,” said Char Quinn, the executive director of the Eagle Valley Humane Society.

On Saturday, the restaurant’s chef will whip up plenty of tasty appetizers for attendees to nosh on, including buffalo meatloaf, chicken and steak skewers, smoked salmon pinwheels, mini crab cakes and more.



There also will be music, a raffle and the wine ring toss (buy three rings for $10), of course.

“We’ve had the ring toss for quite a few years, and it’s very popular. People always have fun playing that,” Quinn said.

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Attendees can bid on silent-auction items, such as gift certificates to area restaurants including Flying Pig, Foxnut, Zino, Old Forge, Cafe Milano, Main St. Grill, Minturn Saloon and Marko’s and items from area stores such as Kitchen Collage, The Bookworm of Edwards, Any Occasion and more.

“I would just like folks to come out and make it a success,” Holdstock said.

For years, the Humane Society held a Harvest Party at the Eagle-Vail Pavilion and the last one at Lionsquare Lodge. The Animal Party is now held in place of that fundraiser.



“The overhead was so massive it took away from all the profits. We’re doing it here to keep the overhead down,” said Ollie Holdstock, owner of Route 6.

This will be the second year Route 6 is hosting the event, and Holdstock has been involved in some way or another with the fundraiser for nearly 15 years, he said.

“I like taking care of local charities,” Holdstock said.

Last year the fundraiser was held in October, on a “bad weather night,” Quinn said, which is why they moved it up a month. Around $3,500 was raised last year for the Humane Society and this year Quinn hopes to raise $5,000.

The money will go towards spay/neuter programs, local animal cruelty investigations and other homeless animal medical expenses.

Quinn said that there are about 30 cats up for adoption right now.

“I’m not sure why but typically this time of year we get lots of cats needing homes,” she said. “There are all shapes, sizes and colors.”

High Life Editor Caramie Schnell can be reached at 970-748-2984 or cschnell@vaildaily.com.


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