"Spay-hetti" dinner raises
more than $6,000 for Cozy Cat
and Huron SPCA

By Liz Dadson

The Pet Page

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Kara Gosleigh (L) of the Huron Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) in Goderich, and Helga Szekely of Cozy Cat Kennels in Kincardine, welcome a capacity crowd at the "Spay-ghetti" dinner held Saturday night at the Kincardine Legion

Volunteers Kate McLelland (R) of Kincardine, and Zach Guy and Lewis McGrogan, both of Inverhuron, serve the hungry crowd at the "Spay-ghetti" dinner Saturday night

A capacity crowd enjoys the "Spay-ghetti" dinner Saturday night at the Kincardine Legion ...

... and puts some bids on the silent auction items along the far wall

A capacity crowd of just over 200 people filled the Kincardine Legion Saturday night for the third annual "Spay-ghetti" dinner in support of Cozy Cat Kennels in Kincardine and the Huron SPCA in Goderich.

Helga Szekely of Cozy Cat reported Monday morning that the event had raised $6,263 which will be divided equally between the two animal shelters.

That's more than last year, she said, with all proceeds going toward the cost of spaying/neutering and caring for rescued animals.

Szekely thanked everyone who attended the event, enjoyed the meal and bid on the silent auction items, and all the individuals, organizations and businesses that donated items for the auction.

She thanked Kara Gosleigh of the Huron SPCA and her volunteers who pitched in to make the fund-raiser possible, and Elaine Primeau who "knows what she's doing to get this auction off the ground."

Szekely sent a note of thanks to everyone who has adopted the cats at Cozy Cat, as well as the boarders and house calls, and to the generous people of the community who donate to Cozy Cat.

"Thank you so much for coming tonight," she said. "I hope you enjoy yourselves, and I sincerely appreciate your support of our efforts."

Janice Downs (L) of Kincardine is purr-fectly attired for the Spay-ghetti dinner Saturday night, with her husband, John

Jennifer Farrell of Kincardine places a bid at the silent auction

People bid on silent auction items placed around the Kincardine Legion hall

Janice Griffiths of Kincardine puts a bid on a beautiful artwork by local artist Sandra Florence

Volunteer Jesse Primeau mixes the Caesar salad for the meal

Mary Lou McKee (L) and Wendy Cox (in her kitteny-best vest), both of Kincardine, wait their turn for a plate of food at the Spay-ghetti dinner Saturday night

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