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1960s Decade Party to benefit Animal Shelter

February 22, 2018
By MEGHAN McCOY ( , Cape Coral Daily Breeze

A Decades Party will be held for the fourth year to help support the Cape Coral Animal Shelter at the Wicked Dolphin Distillery.

The Cape Coral Animal Shelter will entail a 8,000 square foot building in the middle of Cape Coral next to Sun Splash Waterpark. Cape Coral Animal Shelter Board of Directors President, and Wicked Dolphin Distillery owner JoAnn Elardo said they are just passing through the final stage with the Cape Coral building department and are lining up contractors and subcontractors. LAI Design Associates has been chosen for the architect and contractor.

The hope is to break ground late spring for the shelter.

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"The quicker we can open the doors the quicker we can save animals," Elardo said.

The shelter will include such services as adoption, medical care, education and training to help prevent cruelty and abandonment. Animals will remain at the shelter until they are placed in a qualified, forever home.

This year the 1960s themed fundraiser will take place from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. March 10, at the Wicked Dolphin Distillery, located at 131 SW 3rd Place.

"We knew we were going to be starting a shelter in the Cape," Elardo said of why they began the fundraiser a few years ago. "The Wicked Dolphin has a nice spot and space available."

The entire property will be used for the Decades Party with the parking lot tented off, as well as the inside and back of the facility being used.

On average 200 to 350 people attend the Decades Party, all in costume, which in year's past has included the decades of the 1920s to the 1950s. Last year the event raised close to $80,000 for the Cape Coral Animal Shelter.

Stephen Todd Interiors design the whole look of the set for the party, Elardo said.

"It's a beautiful transformation. It transforms the whole area. It's so neat. So different from anything else down here," she said. "And to see everyone dressed in the 60s . . . it's a great way to let loose especially right in our season," she said.

The evening will feature craft cocktails, music, Go-go Dancers, games, dance contests and a silent and Chinese auction.

"We have some great gifts in the auction," she said.

Some of those items include a night in Key West, a stay at a Sheraton hotel, tickets to a Minnesota Twins game, furniture items and golf course tickets.

The annual champagne diamond drop, which is part of the festivities, is sponsored by John Michaels Diamond & Jewelry. The lucky recipient will win a 1 ct. diamond at the end of the evening.

Food will also be served during the event from the best restaurants in the area. Those restaurants include Ceno Grill, Big Blue Brewing, Gathers, Cork Soakers, Lobster Lady, Nevermind, Slate's, Woody's Surfside Island Rum & Grille, My Sweet Art, Zirilis Ice, Cape Creamery, Cannolis Italian Bakery & Market and Noela Chocolate & Confections.

"You will be eating," Elardo said of attendees. "It's included in the ticket, (as well as the) welcome cocktail and entertainment."

Tickets can either be purchased online at , or at the door the night of the event. Tickets are $65 per person until March 1, or $75 thereafter.



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