16th Annual Black Cat Ball Helps Antioch Animals

Brian and John Schindler with Friends of Animal Services Board Member and Antioch Animal Shelter volunteer Zandra Raphael.

Friends of Animals Services is proud to announce their annual Black Cat Ball will be held at the Lone Tree Golf Course and Events Center in Antioch on Saturday, October 1, 2011 commencing at 6:30pm. Now celebrating its 16th year, this premier fundraiser is a notable and fun event whose proceeds directly benefit the Antioch Animal Shelter animals.

This year’s Ball includes hors d’oeuvres, a seasonal buffet, music by the Malcolm Hunter & John Seppala Jazz Duo, dancing, a costume contest (costumes optional) and raffle. The Honorary Chair will be State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson. Ticket prices are $65 for adults and $35 for children under 13 years of age.

Formed in 1979, Friends of Animals Services is a non-profit animal welfare organization dedicated to supporting the extensive services offered by the Animal Services Program for the City of Antioch. Working together to promote animal welfare and public awareness which results in humans and animals living together in harmony, their efforts support a range of programs which positively impact the Antioch community.

Under the jurisdiction of the Antioch Police Department, the Antioch Animal Services is responsible for the enforcement of Local and State Laws relating to the care, control, and protection of animals and of our citizens. Officers’ responsibilities include picking up and confining stray, sick, injured, vicious and dead animals; issuance of dog licenses; patrolling the City streets; control of animal nuisance problems and animal euthanasia. The Animal Shelter also provides adoption, volunteer, and education programs.

According to Antioch Police Chief Allan Cantando, “Attending the Black Cat Ball is a great way for the community to support the Antioch Animal Shelter. Working together with Friends of Animal Services, and through the generosity of the public, our staff are able to deliver more services to the increasing number of animals in our community who need help.”

Not able to attend the Ball? Barbara Sobalvarro, President and Founder of Friends of Animal Services, confirms there are other ways you can help support the Antioch Animal Shelter through financial contributions, raffle prizes and sponsorship.”Not only are donations tax deductible, but the bulk of the money we receive from the public is directly used to help our precious shelter animals by paying spay/neuter costs, facilitating responsible adoption of animals, celebrating well planned community-awareness events and for special medical treatments.”

For more information or to purchase tickets to the 2011 Black Cat Ball, please contact Friends of Animal Services at (925) 431 8318, www.friendsofanimalservices.org or send a check to P.O. Box 1242, Antioch CA 94509.

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