On Saturday, March 17, 300 compassionate community leaders flocked to the W Hotel in Seattle for Wild Night: A Gala Celebration for PAWS. Master of Ceremonies Penny LeGate, of KIRO 7 Eyewitness News, and Auctioneer Bob Watt led the way for an elegant and memorable evening.
Guests enjoyed a gourmet vegan dinner, mingled with fellow animal enthusiasts while sipping PAWSmopolitans and Harlequin wines, and competitively bid on an exciting array of silent and live auction packages. In celebration of animals, in honor of PAWS' landmark anniversary, and in support of our mission to make a better world for animals, more than $160,000 was raised that evening! Having broken fundraising records for the second year running, PAWS' annual gala is now a true Seattle tradition.
Thank you once again to all of our sponsors, table captains, guests, donors, and volunteers for making Wild Night an unforgettable celebration of PAWS' 40th anniversary!
A highlight of the evening came when PAWS' second annual Youth Helping Animals Award was presented to seven-year-old Caroleve Axtelle. A remarkable young person, Caroleve plays an integral part in caring for foster animals with her family, raised nearly $400 for PAWS through selling home-made dog scarves and lemonade, helped find the guardians of a stray bunny in her neighborhood, and chose to become a vegetarian to lessen her impact on the lives of animals. Caroleve is an inspiration to us all.
The PAWS Youth Helping Animals Award was created as a way to honor a local young person aged 18 or younger for outstanding service and compassion toward animals. Nominations for the third annual Youth Helping Animals Award will be invited this fall.