My meeting at City Hall on Thursday went fairly well. They talked, they listened, they heard the message that we have a serious problem in the city of Rochester with the overpopulation of cats. It will be small steps, but steps up nevertheless. Our next step will be to set up a meeting with the health department – and other city officials - which we will hopefully get something set up this week. I am hoping Kristin can elaborate more on this because I think both she and I took away different views on the meeting. So stay tuned!
Saturday was the Meow and Chow fundraiser, which helps to support what I do every day out in the Beechwood Section of Rochester. To feed, shelter, spay and neuter, and get medical attention for the sick and injured cats I rescue.
I want to thank every single person who helped in some way, any way, big or small. Thank you for your support. While Kristin did the majority of the work needed to make it as successful as it was, each person who contributed from just donating from far away, to being there hands on moving chairs, decorating tables, putting up tents, anything and everything, it just wouldn't have come off as well as it did. And boy did the place look beautiful. From the tiny lights on the ceiling and walls, to the tiny tealights on each table. The pumpkins, the gourds, the food! The music!
Speaking of music, this year we had a new band play for us - Buckle Up! I have to say, I miss Duncan, who was the founding member, singer, guitar player with The Honey Badgers, who have played the past two fundraisers. Duncan died a few months ago way too early for his time, and I thought about him all day as I heard the new band play, and watched people dancing. I miss my old boss from Schlegel. He was the coolest boss I ever had. Buckle Up turned out to be a blessing in disguise. I was not familiar with their music, but am now a huge fan, and hope we can book them for next year! A special shout out to their drummer, Elaine Dorris, who was a blast from the past to me. What a great day it was.
I've been doing what I do every day for over 20 years now but no one really knew what I was doing up until five years or so ago. So I thank my old supporters and my new supporters. I just couldn't do it without you.
Below are pictures of BEFORE the start of the day. (don't want you to think this was the turnout!) :) I can proudly say there were well over 100 people in and out throughout the day). :)
Good Ole Mom
|Cook Out Station and Bar|
|Kristin's Dad and Audrey|
“Wisdom ceases to be wisdom when it becomes too proud to weep, too grave to laugh, and too selfish to seek other than itself.”