The Mercedes-Benz of Cutler Bay showroom was full of expensive vehicles. They were lined up in rows, shiny and waiting for just the right owner to pick them out.
By 6 p.m. Saturday the showroom was a glorious mix of casino tables and vendors, the scent of fine food and hookah in the air. What caused this transformation? The Pets’ Trust hosting an evening of gaming, shopping and, most importantly, recognizing those individuals that have given their time, talents and resources to help the animals in the community.
The Pets’Trust is the initiative that began in 2012 to save thousands of dogs and cats that are killed annually at MDAS and stop the overpopulation which leads to so much of that killing. Our citizens voted to pay a little extra on our property tax to fund educational programs and low cost/free, high-volume spay/neuter clinics to income qualified residents. Over 65 percent of voters approved it, but the Mayor and the commissioners have refused to fund it. The Pets’ Trust is fighting for our animals and our democracy and we will not give up.
The evening started with blackjack tables and slot machines provided by Casino Party Nights. Guests were treated to fare provided by local restaurants such as the Crepemaker, Sidewalk Salads, RA-Sushi, Catering by Les, Mikes’ Italian, Lots of Lox, Golden Corral and Capri, with rich desserts from You Oughta’ Taste My Mommas Cakes, Sweet Delights and Liquid Ice Cream, and topping off the evening with coffee from Aroma Espresso. A party for your palate!
Three open bars hosted by Scott Pasley kept everyone hydrated for the night while local vendors also participated showcasing their businesses: Lux Paws, Fashion for Your Pets, Art That Touches The Heart, Maurice’s Jewelers, A Nose For Clothes, GBS, Devo Designs and Ellen’s Treasures.
Specialty booths were on hand for ActivDoctors.com and Joann Roberts Realtor. There was also a hookah table set up by My Tobacconist Smoke Shop. A great way to take a break from the gaming!
The festivities were topped off with a special awards ceremony hosted by Miami Zoo’s Ron Magill. He was joined by a surprise co-host, Miami’s favorite housewife and animal activist, Joanna Krupa, who flew all the way from LA to be a part of the event. There were speeches by the co-founders of the Pets’ Trust Michael Rosenberg and Rita Schwartz to enlighten the audience on what has been happening since our very important vote. Ron and Joanna introduced and handed out the awards for special volunteers and rescuers before the final presentation of the ‘Lucky 13’ awards for Miami’s stellar animal advocates.
The evening concluded with a drawing for a two-year lease on a $40,000 Mercedes- Benz won by Viviana Rangel, a longtime supporter of rescues as well as the Pets’ Trust. Rangel declined the prize and donated the funds to the organization.
Much to our surprise, she decided to make Mercedes her new car and opted to purchase a $120,000 Mercedes instead, making it a winning night for all. The Pets’ Trust would like to give a big thank you to everyone who took part in our exciting evening. For more information about donating or volunteering or to be a part of our mailing list go to: www.petstrustmiami.com or call Michael Rosenberg at 305-439-3571 or Rita Schwartz at 305-491-5651.