Date set for Mardi Gras Beer and Wine Tasting

The Mardi Gras with the Beer and Wine Tasting Event is set for 6 p.m. Friday, March 1, at The Civic, to benefit the West Point Clay County Animal Shelter.
Staff Writer

Masks, beads, purple, gold and green decorations can only mean one thing — the Mardi Gras Beer and Wine Tasting Event to benefit the West Point Clay County Animal Shelter.

The event is scheduled for 6 p.m. Friday, March 1, at the Civic.

A $25 donation to the animal shelter allows a ticket holder to sample some of the best craft beer and wine in the area. In addition, heavy hors d'oeuvres are also available. There is a silent auction and a cash bar and dancing from 9 p.m. to midnight. It's a night of fun, great food and drink, while helping the animals at the shelter.

Ticket holders must be 21 or older, and outside food or beverages is prohibited.

"We can take donations of silent auction items here at the shelter," Winn Ellis of the WPCCAS, said. "People have already been asking about the Beer and Wine Tasting, so we're glad to know there is interest this early."

Ellis said the shelter would appreciate the donation of silent auction items, appetizers and hors d'oeuvres, and help setting up during the days prior to the event.

This is the main fundraiser for the year to benefit the WPCCAS. It is a closed shelter and receives no state or federal funding, but remains open thanks to the kindness, support and generosity of the community.

"A lot of people don't understand why we need money to run the shelter," Ellis said. "Our biggest complaint is about the intake fee for placing an animal with us. It doesn't even pay for the vaccinations that every dog and cat must have to be taken in at the shelter. Without the vaccinations, diseases would run through and infect all of the animals at the shelter. Then factor in food, flea and tick treatment, litter for cats and kittens, it's very expensive to house this many animals and keep them healthy."

All proceeds go toward the day-to-day operations of the shelter. The largest expenses are food and vaccinations.

During 2018, the shelter took in approximately 500 stray animals, according to Ellis. Most have been adopted into loving homes, some are still living at the shelter. Supporting the shelter allows for the care of adoptable pets that are healthy, spayed and neutered.

"If everyone would have their pets spayed and neutered, we wouldn't need an animal shelter," Winn said. "But until then, we will continue to try to find homes for stray cats and dogs in Clay County."

Tickets can be purchased at the door, at Franks Package Store, The SmokeStack and the West Point Clay County Animal Shelter.

For more information call 662-524-4430.