Mardi Gras Beer and Wine Tasting set for Feb. 9

 The Mardi Gras Beer and Wine Tasting event to benefit the West Point Clay County Animal Shelter is set for Friday, Feb. 9, at the The Civic. Last year's event boasted a packed house with supporters of the shelter.
Staff Writer

Mardi Gras will come early to West Point, with the Mardi Gras Beer and Wine Tasting event set for Friday, Feb. 9. The event is the largest fundraiser of the year for the West Point Clay County Animal Shelter.

The doors will open at 6 p.m., tickets are $25 and the fun and festivities will continue until midnight. Everyone must be at least 21 years old to attend.

There will be vendors ready with samples of craft beer and wines and there will be a silent auction at 9 p.m. A cash bar will be available at 9 p.m. at which time the dancing will start and the festivities will continue until midnight.

"We're getting the word out a little early this year," said Lisa Henley, director of the WPCCAS. "But February 9, will be here before you know it. This is the eighth year for the event and we are so appreciative of the community support we receive. Not just for our fundraisers, but all throughout the year."

She said every year the event grows and reaches beer and wine connoisseurs and animal lovers in the area.

Melanie Elmore, who works at the WPCCAS, said they will be in need to food donations of hors d'oeuvres and items for the silent auction.

"We will be accepting donations of food and items for the silent auction," Elmore said."We can take the silent auction donations here at the shelter. Food donations can be taken to The Civic before the doors open February 9."

Henley said they will be in need of volunteers to help set up and decorate for the event.

"It's only a month away, so we want to start bringing it to the attention of the community now," Henley said. "We would appreciate help with planning, preparations, decorating, food. All donations to the silent auctions are tax deductible."

Henley said she can’t thank the faithful people of the community enough who can always be counted on to buy tickets and donate food for the Mardi Gras event and other fundraisers or who simply donate to the shelter any time of the year.

"Right now, we are really in need of blankets at the shelter," Elmore said, "Blankets are good because the dogs chew through comforters and play in the stuffing. If it contains fiberfil, the dogs tear into them. So any used, old blankets are perfect to help keep the dogs warm."

Elmore said the shelter also needs cleaning supplies, Mr. Clean and bleach. Garbage bags are also in low supply.

"We always welcome volunteers age 18 and up," Henley said. "Someone to play with cats or walk and spend time with the dogs. All the shelter animals need socialization to adjust to a home when they are adopted. It helps to make the long days more interesting to pets that are spending their lives in a kennel until they find a home and family of their own."