A Dessert and Wine Auction to Celebrate Friends of Manatee County Animal Services 5th Year Anniversary

Five years can go by fast! The all-volunteer board of Friends of Manatee County Animal Services can’t believe it has been 5 years already. Five years of fundraising to help so many animals in need. Animals that have come through the county shelter for a variety of reasons ranging from owner surrenders, cruelty, or hoarding cases, lost or abandoned pets, strays or dogs and cats who find themselves in tough situations at no fault of their own. Well, it has been 5 years and the nonprofit is ready to celebrate! Friends of MCAS is excited to announce that they will host Friendsgiving…A Dessert and Wine Auction to celebrate their 5th year anniversary of fundraising for Manatee County Animal Services shelter animals.

The anniversary event will be held on November 13th, 6:30-9:30 at the Elks Lodge #1511, 2511 75th St. West Bradenton. More than 30 delectable desserts made by local, professional bakeries and home bakers will be available by live auction. There will also be several silent auction items including resort stays, sporting event ticket packages, spa experiences, an arts and entertainment package, as well as a fun wine raffle, party snacks from local restaurants, and a cash bar. The event is free to attend. RSVPs are appreciated. Local celebrity Bob Slicker, owner of Slicker’s Eatery, will be the auctioneer. It is going to be a fun evening!

Event organizers are accepting silent auction items, bottles of wine, and dessert donations for the live auction. They encourage people to bake their own or support a local bakery by purchasing one. Local bakeries may also donate.

Covid safety protocols will be in place.


Friends of Manatee County Animal Services (FoMCAS) was formed in 2016 and in those 5 years the nonprofit organization has raised just over $550,000. The funds benefit several programs including: Grace and Friends medical fund, Heal My Heart for treatment for heartworm positive dogs, Slumber Fund to ensure every dog has a bed in their kennel and, the newest program, the Traveling Paws which partners with northern rescues to transport our dogs to forever homes out of area. The biggest need is the medical fund with 50% of the funds raised going for lifesaving surgeries, treatments and physical therapy for animals that would otherwise face humane euthanasia due to costs.

FoMCAS board president, Kassandra Zess-Pagel states, “Without the generosity of our community, grant partners, funds raised through events, and donations we would not be able to save the number of animals we have over the last 5 years. We hope everyone will join us to celebrate this huge milestone.”

For anniversary event information, to RSVP, to donate a dessert or learn about Friends of Manatee County Animal Services, visit the website.


Friends of Manatee County Animal Services mission is to work hand in hand with Manatee County Animal Services to enrich the lives of the shelter animals by raising funds to provide additional resources, medical care, and heartworm treatment.

Photos from Caryn Hodge

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