Seven Sisters Spirits Liquor Store and the Humane Society of the Lakes are teaming up for the fourth year to host the Sisters and Whiskers benefit on Saturday, June 8, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Seven Sisters Spirits.
“The last few years have been really great, well attended,” said Shelby Rasmussen, development coordinator for the Humane Society of the Lakes.
This year, the aim was to make the event as kid friendly as possible. Organizers are incorporating more local food trucks, two musicians and a variety of games for parents and kids.
“We’re going to have three to four kids’ games that they can play just for fun,” Rasmussen said. “We have games for the parents to play that they can win things.”
Rasmussen is also looking forward to the silent auction.
“We’re supposed to be getting a camping set; we’re also going to have a golf bag provided by Seven Sisters. The third item is a Yeti cooler,” Rasmussen said.
These are the three bucket raffle items that are available this year. For a chance at winning one of those three items, participants have to go to the event, buy a raffle ticket and put it in whatever bucket they want.
If they are more interested in a cash prize, the annual raffle tickets are still being sold this year as well. These tickets are $5 each and can be bought at the Humane Society, Seven Sisters Spirits and Central Market. The first and second place winners will receive cash ($1,000 for first and $500 for second), and the third and fourth place winners will receive a gift card to Seven Sisters Spirits ($200 for third and $100 for fourth).
“You don’t have to be there to win. We’ll just give you a call right away and let you know what your prize is,” Rasmussen said.
The money raised from this event will be going back to the Humane Society. It will be used for a variety of things, one likely being to cover the cost of items that they do not receive through donations, but still need.
“Clumping cat litter is probably at the top of our list right now,” Rasmussen said. “We are just going through it like crazy. You would be surprised about the amount of cat litter we go through.”
Cat litter and other items that the Humane Society needs are posted every week for the Wish List Wednesday. When these items aren’t donated, they have to go to their board to request it, and then if the board can’t get it, it has to be taken out of the animal fund.
Besides physical item donations and fundraisers, the Humane Society also uses an AmazonSmile account and We Care receipts. Orders through AmazonSmile give a percentage of the amount back to the charity of the user’s choice. The We Care receipts are receipts from Central Market that have a stamp on them. Those are collected and turned back around as donation money.
The Humane Society looks for help outside of just monetary and item donations, too. Community members of all ages, including children, can get involved with the Humane Society by volunteering in a variety of ways.
“We love to do book buddies, have kids take animals on walks, just any social interactions with those animals is great,” Rasmussen said. “We just had a young lady, for her birthday, instead of getting presents, she asked for donations from her friends. It was the sweetest thing.”
These donations of items, money and time help the Humane Society continue to function, continue to give animals new homes. Between June 22, 2018 and May 8, 2019, 226 dogs and 201 cats were adopted. Those adoptions would not have been possible without donations like those given on birthdays, and events such as Sisters and Whiskers.
If you go
What: Sisters and Whiskers benefit for the Humane Society of the Lakes
When: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, June 8
Where: Seven Sisters Spirits Liquor Store, 25275 S. Melissa Drive