Night of Cheers for People for Pets

Monday, October 3, 2016
Courtney Cook Photography, a division of Okoboji Photo Booth Company, supplied an open air self-operated photo booth with animal props for guests of PetOberFest. Linda Kunzmann (left) and Nicole Christensen (right) wore cat props for the first photo of the night. (Photos by James Tillison)

People For Pets hosted PetOberFest as its annual fundraising event to allow community members an opportunity to have a night of fun while benefitting a cause.

German-themed music was supplied for the event by accordion player Dan "Daddy Squeeze" Newton. "I was told that you can't be a real jazz player if you don't have a nickname and one night after a show, my daughter came to me for a hug and said daddy squeeze me. I thought, Daddy Squeeze, I bet nobody else is using that," Newton said.

"The proceeds go toward our general budget. Our vet bills run around $4,000 a month. Our projected budget this year is about $80,000 to $85,000," Donna Erickson, director of People For Pets, said.

Each guest bought a $40 ticket to attend the event where live music, german-style food and a bar stocked with wine and beer awaited. All guests were eligible to win one of the door prizes that had been donated by sponsors of the event.

In addition, guests could purchase a cork for $15 to participate in a wine grab. The fundraising committee had 40 bottles available in the wine grab. The bottles ranged from $10 to $60 and were individually wrapped. Some of the bottles contained a hidden bonus prize in addition to the wine. Some of the bonus prizes included a free massage, jewelry and more. By the end of the night, every bottle had been sold.

People For Pets provided german-style food for guests of the PetOberFest, as well as wine and beer. Two guests enjoyed the party and each other's company.

A live auction was held to further benefit the shelter with items that had been donated by various people and businesses. Some of the bigger items included: a two-night hotel and four passes to an indoor water park donated by Bridges Bay Resort, a plane ride date for two donated by Ross and Martha Johnson and a three-hour cruise with refreshments on Okoboji donated by Chris Mugge.

By the end of the night, People For Pets had raised more than $23,000 to benefit the shelter. Erickson urges anyone who wishes to volunteer at the shelter to visit the office at 2312 Highway Boulevard and sign up.

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