Annual Dinner Meeting & Fundraiser

By Terry Libro, MWCR President
Marshall Tanick, Jennifer, Olivia and Scott Swanson

Marshall Tanick, Jennifer, Olivia and Scott Swanson

Thank you to everyone who attended MWCR’s Annual Dinner Meeting and Fundraiser on November 1 at the Wayzata (Minn.) American Legion.  Nearly seventy people from three states attended the lasagna dinner, (a new record), along with a very successful silent auction that raised funds for our collies.

The guest speaker was attorney Marshall Tanick of the Hellmuth and Johnson law firm in Minneapolis.  Marshall is a nationally-recognized animal law expert who spoke on the dangerous dog laws across the country and answered many questions during the evening.  Marshall worked with MWCR earlier in the year when one of our foster dogs scared a small dog in the neighborhood which resulted in a complaint to Minneapolis Animal Control.  MWCR recognized Marshall, foster mom and daughter Jennifer Swanson and Olivia, and animal behaviorist Carol Propotnik for their work in clearing Jake’s “record” and restoring his good name.  Jake is now living with his two MWCR Collie siblings and is charming everyone in his new neighborhood.

MWCR Board members Sarah Rebernick, MyLinda Barke, and Chris Norman participated in the evening as did several Coordinators including Vivian Moller, Barb Heideman, and Marian Ridge.  Many people who aren’t collie owners also attended our event, including former State Senator and Lieutenant Governor candidate Gen Olson who represented the city in which our dinner was held and who lives next door to members Kitty and Arnie Hilk.  Also attending was sheltie lover Carol Brandenburg, a generous MWCR supporter and power shopper who donates many items for our silent auction.

The event featured a “free” table consisting of items for attendees.  Many of the items were toys, dog treats, and other items that were donated to MWCR from various sources.  We had a Collie Trivia contest with winners getting prizes.  Each place setting included a “doggie bag”  filled with dog food samples and popcorn samples donated by Angie’s Popcorn.  Plus, numerous door prizes were given away.  Our event wouldn’t be complete without the festive table filled with Gray Gables Farm dog treats and baskets of jam made by Kitty and Arnie Hilk.  Thank you to those who generously donated door prizes and items for the silent auction, purchased merchandise during the evening, and supported MWCR’s work in other ways.  It is because of your generosity that we’re able to provide the great care that we do to collies in need.Our Events/Fundraising Committee members, Barb Gibson, Cat Olund, Catherine Loveridge, Kitty and Arnie Hilk, Linda Riegger, Mary Ann Statz, and Robin Kashuba, spent many hours planning the evening, securing donations,  and working hard during the event setting up the venue, registering people, organizing the silent auction, and assisting with checkout.  Thank you for planning a wonderful evening!

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