An interview with Catherine Kouns Born. Her role: Allen County Humane Society board member helped coordinate the ďWine and WhiskersĒ event.
1. What do you do at the Allen County Humane Society?
I am a member of the board of directors. Itís all volunteer, and Iíve been on the board not quite two years.
2. What is Wine & Whiskers anyway?
It is a fundraiser first of all. It will be on [Tuesday], starting at 6:30 p.m. We wanted to do something that appealed to a different crowd than our Strut Your Mutt fundraiser because we serve all of Allen County. We also did something with the dogs last time, so we decided to do something featuring the cats this time. We wanted to do something that wasnít as common around here, and that is a semiformal dress-up party. The Met was kind enough to allow us to use them ó I believe this is the first charity event they have hosted. It will be an elegant evening.
3. How long have you been doing this event?
This is the first year. We hope to grow it over time, though.
4. What will the evening include?
Itís more of a mixer or party. There will be a live auction with Bart Mills doing the auctioneering duties. We will be auctioning off things from businesses that are uniquely Lima, like Pears Avenue, for example. We want more of an experience basket ó not just a gift certificate but something that typifies that particular business. There will be food. Chef Anthony has a great menu for us, and there will be a selection of wines and beers that are included in the ticket price.
5. What is your goal with this fundraiser?
We havenít really set a specific goal. We would like to raise in the neighborhood of $10,000, but we know this is the first year so our goals are pretty modest at this point.
6. Why did you pick the Met?
Actually, we were really hoping it would be open in time. It is uniquely Lima and itís brand new so itís the place to be. Itís a great venue. They get to showcase their location and we get to have an elegant event in a popular place.
7. How many people are you expecting?
Well, the building holds 100 people, so we have 100 tickets to sell. Iím not sure of the exact numbers we have at the moment though. Various board members have taken tickets to sell, so I donít know the exact numbers of tickets sold off the top of my head.
8. How do people get tickets?
There are several ways. If you know a board member, you can ask one of them. People can also go through our website, www.hsoac.org and there is a link there where you can purchase the tickets with Paypal using your credit card. Finally, anyone can get a ticket at the Humane Society. We are open Thursdays from 3 to 7 p.m. and on Saturdays from noon to 4:30 p.m.
9. How much are the tickets and what does the ticket price include?
Tickets in advance are $50 and includes the meal. Plus the Met will issue a $5 certificate for any advanced tickets purchased. You can get a ticket that evening for $75. You can also get $10 taken off the price at the door if you bring in a 10 pound or larger bag of dog food or cat litter.
10. So, how many cats do you have here at the Humane Society?
At last count, we have about 90 cats. That includes the really young kittens and the animals in surgery in the back ó they arenít adoptable yet. We did have about 120, but weíve had a couple really good adoption days in the past few weeks.