ICARE raises $30K in fundraiser


Proceeds go toward new animal shelter

The biggest dog-and-cat party of the season went off last weekend in Bishop, and just about everyone was a winner.

About 700 animal lovers crowded into the Charles Brown Auditorium at the Tri-Valley Fairgrounds for a fund-raising dinner and auction, putting $30,000 into the coffers of the Inyo/Mono County Animal Resources & Education (ICARE).

Proceeds from the fundraiser, including dinner ticket sales, totaled $30,000, which is going directly to the New Animal Shelter Fund.

That brings the fund tally up to $305,000, according to ICARE director Lisa Schade. She said supporters of the animal shelter still need an additional $445,000 to reach the goal of $750,000.

Attendees enjoyed a delicious meal catered by Whiskey Creek, sponsored by Union Bank of California, Sierra Wave Media and DWP and served by the members of the 4-H Club.

A live auction, led by former local legend, John Dailey, made $7,825 and the silent auction items brought in $9,214.

Meanwhile, raffle tickets were sold for a dog-themed quilt and a cat-themed quilt made and donated by the Quilters in Stitches, and raised $885.

Stan Smith and his 50/50 crew raised $6,489. The winner of the cash prize was Bob Lamia of Big Pine, who walked away with $3,244.50 in his pocket, with the other half going to ICARE.