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Guests are greeted at the door of Dome49 during last Wednesday's Wine and Cheese Fundraiser.

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Ayres Memorial Animal Shelter Board Member Dale Folmsbee with raffle boxes featuring items donated by various local businesses.

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Wine and Spirits Consultant Melanie Largeteau with Ayres Memorial Animal Shelter Vice President Joseph Rosemyer last Wednesday during the annual Wine and Cheese Fundraiser.

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Wine and Spirits Consultant Melanie Largeteau poured a variety of samples during last Wednesday's fundraiser, including chianti, zinfandel, moscato, and cabernet.

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Ayres Memorial Animal Shelter raises money for ongoing projects

Tuesday, April 01, 2014 - Updated: 9:31 AM

By JOSHUA THOMAS

C-S-E Editor

FORT PLAIN -- The Ayres Memorial Animal Shelter held their fifth annual Wine and Cheese Fundraiser at Dome49 last Wednesday, enlisting the help of Wrath of Grapes and Palatine Valley Dairy to raise money for a variety of ongoing projects.

About 75-100 attended the event, a good turnout given the freezing conditions, said Ayres Memorial Animal Shelter Vice President Joseph Rosemyer, who explained that the money raised last Wednesday will be utilized in meeting various needs at the shelter.

Part of the money will be used to install a generator that the shelter purchased, which will ensure that in the event that the facility loses power, they'll always have heat in the winter (important in making sure that pipes don't freeze), and air conditioning in the summer.

There is also a plan to rehabilitate the kennels in the old building, along with an "exercise area" attached to the cat room. The screened-in area, where cats are able to get out and run free, will have a new roof installed.

Funding will also help facilitate phase two of the shelter's new addition, a surgical suite that is now complete, but not yet functional. The surgical suite will be used for spay and neuter clinics, saving animals and their transporters the stress of having to travel for surgery, which is currently done in South Minden.

The shelter has a goal of purchasing surgical equipment for the suite at a cost of approximately $30,000. The shelter was in line for a Bob Barker sponsored grant, which has been placed on hold, and they are now researching various other grant opportunities to assist with the significant purchase.

There is also landscaping work that needs to be done, as a lot of turf was displaced during the process of building the addition.

The timeframe for the completion of these projects, said Rosemyer, depends on funding, which the shelter raises through benefits, donations and bequests. "A lot of state funding has dried up, so every little bit helps," he said.

The shelter is hoping they can complete these projects in 18 months.

Rosemyer continued, "We've been fortunate that in this economy we've still been able to raise funds because people are sympathetic to our quest to help animals."

The Ayres Memorial Animal Shelter has a fundraising pie sale scheduled for Friday, April 18. Pies will be available at the Fort Plain True Value and Palatine Bridge Big Lots from 9 a.m. until sold out. The board of directors is also in the process of scheduling a fundraising golf tournament for July. A firm date and times are forthcoming.

Joshua Thomas - Brenda Hill, of Palatine Valley Dairy, brought a variety of cheeses to sample, including garlic dill, tomato basil garlic, bacon peppercorn, horseradish, sharp, and three alarm cheddars.

Photo submitted - Montgomery County Executive Matthew Ossenfort with Ayres Animal Shelter Vice President Joseph Rosemyer during last Wednesday's Wine and Cheese fundraiser.

     

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