Sixth Annual Lasagna Dinner and Silent Auction big success

by | March 1, 2018 7:08 am

Last Updated: March 1, 2018 at 6:52 pm

The sixth annual lasagna dinner and silent auction, a fundraiser to benefit A Second Chance Animal Shelter, was held Saturday evening at Manning United Methodist Church in the fellowship hall. A total of 154 tickets were sold with proceeds at roughly $6,000. The event included dinner prepared by Chef Ted Brownell. On the menu was three-cheese lasagna with rich meat sauce, steamed spring vegetables, Caesar salad with grilled chicken and sundried tomatoes, garlic bread and a choice of dessert. This year’s fundraiser included door prizes and a 50/50 raffle with the main raffle item being a PAWS of Valor wall hanging/lap quilt that depicted three actual K9 Service Dogs. Featured on the quilt is: Gabe, a yellow Labrador who served in over 200 combat missions in Iraq, Treo, a black Labrador who served in Afghanistan and Saigon, and the third is a German Shepherd that could be either Capa or Lucca, both of whom served as patrol dogs sniffing out explosives and bombs. The quilt was made and donated by Linda Keefer. Nanci Foster had the winning ticket for the quilt.
A Second Chance Animal Shelter is a no-kill, non-profit, 501(c)3 organization that works hard to eliminate the problem of unwanted animals in the county through its sheltering, adoption, low-cost spay/neuter and rescue programs. Board Member Donna Stegmoyer stated “all of our local businesses here in Manning do a great job supporting us by donating many items which we raffle off at the silent auction.” ASCAS receives no state or federal funding and relies solely on individual and business donations, proceeds from benefits/fundraisers, and profits from A Second Chance Thrift Store. Stegmoyer further stated, “In August of 2012 we established this low cost spay/neuter clinic and to date we have done over 2,125 spays or neuters.” Since 2014, 457 dogs and 116 cats have been adopted from the shelter. At the present time, 1,632 unclaimed dogs have been rescued from animal control resulting in a 99.97 “save rate” percentage of animal control dogs adopted from the shelter or sent to approved rescue organizations for adoption elsewhere.
Stegmoyer shared a heartwarming story about two female cats that lived at the shelter for over seven years, named Pip and Paloma. They were not sisters but they had lived together for a long time. When one of them was adopted and left, both cats became ill. The person who adopted the one cat ended up bringing her back and when the two cats were reunited, they both perked up and fully recovered. A few months ago a family came in and adopted them both. The new adoptive parents attended the dinner and shared videos and pictures of their two happy cats.
Stegmoyer would like to give a public thank to all who helped make this year’s Lasagna Dinner and Silent Auction a total success.

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  1. Comment by Jeanne Jain

    March 1, 2018 at 09:31

    Just a suggestion for future fundraising events:
    Is It ever okay for an animal welfare organization to serve meat at a fundraiser? No. Animal nonprofits, especially shelters, humane societies, and SPCAs, should care about what happens to all animals, including farmed animals. Fortunately, more and more are doing exactly that.

  2. Comment by theadora

    March 1, 2018 at 20:57

    I’ve been a vegetarian for almost 50 years, because I love and respect all animals. Since I moved to Clarendon County from CT in 2006, I think I’ve met two vegetarians/vegans, and they were both fellow volunteers at the animal shelter. You’ll notice, driving around Clarendon County and Manning, that this area is not big on culinary diversity and certainly not on vegetarianism. You ask “is it ever okay for an animal welfare organization to serve meat at a fundraiser?” and much as I want to agree with your “no”, I can’t. Because I know that if the animal shelter staged a vegetarian fundraiser, few would attend, and THAT would negatively affect the dogs and cats of this County. Many of the people attending this fundraiser look forward to it year after year; the shelter can’t afford to lose them. We have to choose our battles; if providing meals containing meat at a fundraiser helps save the many abandoned and homeless dogs and cats of this county, providing them shelter, food, and medical care, then we need to accept it and hope one day we can turn the tide and see Clarendon County and other rural parts of the South become more vegetarian friendly. Until then, it is what it is.

  3. Comment by Jeanne Jain

    March 4, 2018 at 09:33

    i understand your position. However, you also may be excluding vegan/vegetarian participants by serving meat. May I suggest a future fundraiser that includes vegan options? That could be a step in the right direction. Veganism has grown 600% since 2014, it is just a matter of time you will be meeting more vegans. 🙂 We are now approximately 6% of the population. Just a thought, please do not be offended. Thank you for your dedication to our animal friends.

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