Thursday, October 12, 2017
Spay Arkansas hopes to get a boost from the "Spayghetti and No Balls" benefit Oct. 21 at Fred's Hickory Inn in Bentonville. The casual outdoor dinner offerings will include chicken parmesan, pasta primavera and, of course, spaghetti with all the fixings, including meatballs. Guests can take a twirl dancing to live music from Jon Dooley or bid on silent auction items.
Spay Arkansas offers low or no-cost spay or neuter surgeries for low income families, rescue organizations and shelters. Microchipping and vaccinations are also available at the clinic, which is staffed by volunteer veterinarians.
Spayghetti and No Balls
Who: Spay Arkansas
What: Dinner, drinks, silent auction, live music
When: 5 p.m. Oct. 21 (Rain date Nov. 4)
Where: Fred’s Hickory Inn in Bentonville
Information: (479) 756-1100 or spayarkansas.com
Romaine Kobilsek, Spay Arkansas board member, said this is the group's only fundraiser, and proceeds from the pasta party will go toward the nonprofit organization's "Fixed for the Holidays" program for families with an income of $20,000 or less in December. Animals often go into heat after the holidays as days get longer.
Veterinarians at the clinic have performed 2,588 surgeries this year, as of Monday, averaging 38 surgeries a day. Since opening in 2011, Kobilsek said vets have performed 27,295 surgeries. She added that Spay Arkansas partners with rescue organizations around the country, transporting 200 strays this year, and distributes 1 ton of pet food from its food pantry.
Tickets purchased before Oct. 14 will include a ticket for a beer or glass of wine. Rain date for the event is Nov. 4.
-- CARIN SCHOPPMEYER
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