WOOF, what a year this has been! Despite the many hardships of the pandemic and all the changes, COVID required us to adapt to, animal rescue never ends and we are eager to celebrate our successes while we look to the brighter future. That's right - it's gala time, and although A Fetching Formal (presented by Noah's Animal Hospital of Wheaton) will be virtual, we hope you settle into your comfiest paw-print pajamas and kick up your feet to join us for an amazing week raising money to continue our mission.
What will our virtual gala look like this year? So glad you asked! Our amazing, devoted volunteers have been hard at work preparing a meaningful event with unique packages and prizes to raise much-needed funds during our biggest party of the year. We will once again have our fan-favorite mystery wine grab, a raffle for a $1,000 Amazon gift card - each raffle ticket cost will help cover one dog neuter, and as a thank-you bonus every ticket purchased also comes with a YETI rambler - and an auction featuring more than 70 amazing packages sure to have something for everyone! Our incredible sponsors also will be matching every direct donation so your generous contributions will be doubled.
Did your ears perk up at amazing auction packages? Here is your official first look at just some of the incredible items up for grabs Aug. 23-28!
Home Is Where the Heart Is
If this past year has taught us anything, it is how important our homes are to our well-being. If you have embraced your inner homebody, we have awesome packages to enjoy around the house!
For entertainment, how about an Adult Art Basket featuring canvases, acrylic paints, sketch pads, and coloring books; a specialty Cards Against Humanity collection that includes 25 themed card packs; or a 12-month subscription to Book of the Month? We have your back for home improvements, too: our auction will include an EGO 21" POWER+ Self Propelled Mower for lawn care; a Nest Thermostat and ABT gift card; and a Shark ION Robot vacuum.
Relax to the max with a home coffee bar package that includes a Keurig single-cup brewer, pod carousel, mugs and kitchen towels; a signed Half Baked Harvest cookbook and a collection of favorite home goods from famed bloggers Kim+Scott from Yellow Brick Home; or enjoy photos and videos from loved ones near and far with a Skylight digital frame.
Let's Get Out and Play!
As much as we love lounging around home, the itch to escape to our favorite places is strong, too. If you want to explore the world, we have some fun ideas for you to consider! Fly anywhere in the U.S. continental with roundtrip tickets from Southwest Airlines; enjoy a romantic overnight stay in the Paradise Suite at Sybaris Pool Suites; or simply take a break from home with an overnight staycation at Hampton Inn & Suites in Schaumburg.
How about some daycation ideas? We have you covered! Head out the ballpark and cheer on the Chicago White Sox with four Guaranteed Rate Club tickets featuring premium reserved parking, a private lounge buffet, and access to the best seat locations in the park; explore the city's incredible museums with admission packages to The Art Institute of Chicago and Shedd Aquarium; or enjoy some delightful wine and company during a six-person tasting at Lynfield Winery in Roselle.
Of course, it wouldn't be an auction without plenty of luxurious items to pamper yourself! After the year we have all had, we could definitely use it!
Dress up your look with gorgeous princess-cut diamond solitaire earrings and an aquamarine and diamond infinity drop pendant from Rogers & Holland; gold Maggie hoop earrings and bangle from Kendra Scott; or a Parker Layering necklace set from Gorjana Jewelry. Gift your body with one of our lavish skincare and beauty baskets or spend some time at Renaissance Med Spa where you can receive invigorating chemical peels to make your face glow.
Make your tastebuds happy with delicious packages including a chocolate & wine-themed basket; a Hershey S’more Kit and outdoor 22" fire pit for a tasty evening outdoors with your family; or gift cards to some of our favorite restaurants such as Kuma's Corner, Pinstripes, Global Brew, and so much more!
All About the Dogs
Our lives revolve around dogs, and we couldn't wrap this up without including some of our favorite items to spoil your best furry friend! Don't miss out on custom, one-of-a-kind creations by one of our supremely talented volunteers, Brandon. Brandon has constructed a raised feeding station for medium/large dogs that features a walnut slab top with its gorgeous “live edge” along the front: not only will your dogs appreciate its functionality, but you will love the look it brings to your room!
But that's not all, folks! We will have gift baskets from our friends at All Things Woof, Fromm, and Happy Dog Barkery; a large orthopedic memory-foam dog bed from Toby & Ace; a supplement kit from Solid Gold to treat your doggies skin, coat, and joints; and of course dog toys and chews galore! You can also honor your furry friend with a custom Cuddle Clone plush doll for good measure.
All this and more will be available when our auction goes live on Aug. 23! To register and keep up to date on all the latest gala news, please visit HERE or text ftf2021 to 76278.
This has been an incredibly difficult year for fundraising without our in-person events, and we are truly honored to have the support of so many amazing companies and people who have donated items for our auction and signed on as sponsors for A Fetching Formal. We know how hard this year has been for them, too, and appreciate their giving hearts even when times are tough. All funds raised will be used to support our mission to save dogs in need no matter their age, breed, or physical condition, and we can't do what we love for our furry friends without your help! We thank you for your continued dedication to Fetching Tails, and hope you join us for another memorable Fetching Formal!
SAVE THE DATE: April 30th, 2022 you will be able to get your fancy clothes back on and party with us in person again!