It will feel like the 1920s when everyone gathers for the Great Catsby and Barkeasy Gala to help the animals at Rescue Village in Russell Township. The June 22 event at White North Stables will feature costumes and cars from that era and even live music.
“The (fundraising) event helps us save lives, including dogs, cats and horses, and will help us continue our core programs,” said Hope Brustein, executive director of Rescue Village that also operates a barn for rescued farm animals waiting for homes.
Rescue Village wants to raise more than $100,000 at the event to provide care for sick, injured, abused, abandoned and homeless animals at the Geauga Humane Society’s shelter in Russell Township.
Everyone is invited to dress in 1920s costumes and they will have an opportunity to pose for photos with 1920s-era automobiles.
“It will help us continue our core work including the spay and neuter programs, humane education, animal enrichment and above and beyond the work we do,” Ms. Brustein said.
“It’s a way for everyone to act on their compassion for animals and have a good day,” she said of the gala. It is one of the three big events held annually to help the animals. There is Woofstock in September and the Animals in Arts event in February.
Leah Backo, public relations coordinator for Rescue Village, said this is the second Catsby and Barkeasy event for the shelter. Costumes worn by guests have included flapper dresses, feathers and top hats along with suits and bow ties in the 1920s genre and even attire that gives some a gangster look.
“We thought it would be fun to get people excited,” she said of the 1920s party theme. “It’s fun and different and really gets people into it.”
While party-goers are invited to dress in costume, they can don cocktail attire with fancier clothes including suits, shirts and ties and dresses or pants and blouse, Ms. Backo said.
The White North Stables is a horse boarding stable in Hunting Valley. Everyone will be under a large white tent and the horses will be turned out to pasture for everyone to view from the tent, she said.
In addition, dogs and puppies up for adoption are brought to the gala for guests to play with. “People will have dogs and pups to interact with,” Ms. Backo said. If they want to adopt an animal, they can do so on that Sunday at Rescue Village.
The 1920s authentic jazz-age cars will be there for guests to sit in or pose with for pictures. The jazz band, “Moustache Yourself” will be entertaining, playing swing and jazz tunes.
“You feel like you are in the 1920s with the music,” Ms. Backo said.
There is a silent auction, a wine pull, chance raffles and food and drink, she said. “We’ll have our version of a raffle called Fat Cat,” Ms. Backo added. It will be a fun raffle with lots of prizes.
The event sold out last year and raised $100,000 for the animals. “It all goes to the general operating budget,” she said. “We rescue over 2,000 animals every year, and this will help them. We are the only humane society with a barn program which includes horses and pigs.”
Dogs come from other shelters when they are full and need help as well as when they are surrendered by owners because of a variety of situations including financial circumstances. Animals are also taken in as a result of cruelty, neglect cases and abandonment in Geauga County, Ms. Backo said.
For more information on tickets call 440-338-4819, ext. 45. Information on tickets is also available at www.rescuevillage.org/great-catsby.