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Decades fundraiser benefits Cape Coral Animal Shelter

March 23, 2018
Special to the Breeze ( , Cape Coral Daily Breeze

The annual Decades fundraiser for the Cape Coral Animal Shelter raised more than $160,000 for the planned facility.

The 1960s themed event was held March 10, with attendees enjoying an evening of costumes, cocktails, food, music, dancing, contests and auctions. Attendees enjoyed sampling a variety of menu items from well-known area restaurants, dancing to music from the era and participated in contests to win prizes.

Capital campaign donations from the Gunterberg Foundation, and others, plus matching funds and additional generous donations totaled more than $160,000, making it the most successful year ever.

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One of the Decades party-goers.

"We are so grateful to have such generosity in Cape Coral. Between our sponsors, supporters and volunteers we can keep our expenses low, and the bulk of the funds towards building the shelter. This is our fourth year of the decade themed event and each year we look for ways to improve and make the event better. Our goal is to increase the awareness that Cape Coral needs an animal shelter and we can built this together as a community," said JoAnn Elardo, Cape Coral Animal Shelter board president and Wicked Dolphin Distillery owner, in a prepared statement.

Many new and previous sponsors supported the event with generous donations and auction items. Sponsors included Miloff Aubuchon Real Estate, John Michaels Diamond & Jewelry, Wicked Dolphin Distillery, Stephen Todd Interiors, Animal ER of SW Florida, Specialized Veterinary Services, Tow Boat US Cape Coral, Gavin's Ace Hardware, Jet's Pizza, Clear Pay Solutions, High Impact Designz, CapeStyle Magazine, Gator Press, ClearPay Financial Solutions, FOS Furniture, Publix, Intergraphic 2.0, City Subs, and Morgan Stanley.

Guests enjoyed food from these local restaurants: Ceno Grill, Big Blue Brewing, Gathers, Cork Soakers, Lobster Lady, Nevermind, Slate's, Woody's Surfside Island Rum & Grille, My Sweet Art, Zirilis Ice, Lady Cakes, Cannolis Italian Bakery & Market and Noela Chocolate & Confections.

The Cape Coral Animal Shelter is in its beginning stages to create a non-profit, no-kill animal shelter. The shelter will provide a safe place where animals will receive the care they need and remain until they are placed in a qualified, forever home.

More information on the Shelter can be found at



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