Next Yappy Hour at Fathoms to feature New Year’s theme
A monthly event is pushing the Cape Coral Animal Shelter closer to its fund-raising goal.
The shelter and Fathoms Restaurant and Bar will host another Yappy Hour on Dec. 29, from 5-7 p.m., at 5785 Cape Harbour Drive. The third consecutive one, it will feature live music, raffles and more.
Valeria Zanella Voisin, co-owner of Fathoms, explained that she and her partners offered to host the events to help raise funds for the construction of the city’s first and only no-kill animal shelter.
“We are animal lovers,” she said. “We think this is a really big need in Cape Coral.”
For Yappy Hour, Fathoms sets up a bar and donates all of the beer and wine.
“Everything that sells at that bar will go to the shelter,” Voisin said.
Jacque Miloff, a board member for the shelter, echoed that.
“They provide the bar and anything that we sell goes directly to the shelter,” she said.
For the December event, the local band Remedy will perform from 6 to 10 p.m.
“We have live music,” Voisin said.
She noted that owners are welcome to bring their pets.
“That day is especially made for them,” Voisin said. “And every month we do a theme, which makes it more exciting.”
This month’s theme is a New Year’s Preview Party. Attendees are encouraged to dress up for the occasion with their best dog party outfits to begin an early celebration and kick off for 2018.
“It’s a pre-New Year’s party,” Miloff said.
The shelter will have a booth set up, with merchandise available for sale. With the proceeds going toward the shelter, some of the items include car magnets, T-shirts, a 2018 calendar and more.
“We only have about 200 left,” she said of the calendars.
The organization began raising funds in June 2016, with the goal of reaching $2 million.
As of Wednesday, about $1.4 million has been raised, with donations and pledges.
“After the first of the new year, we’ll be right close to our goal,” Miloff said.
“We’re very excited,” she added. “Everybody is just so excited about what’s going on.”
This month’s Yappy Hour will feature a 50/50 raffle again.
“We’re hoping to have some vendors that are pet-related, too,” Miloff said.
Fathoms and the shelter plan to hold the monthly events until May.
Organizers invited the public to come out.
“Help support the animal shelter,” she said. “It’ll just be a fun night.”
Voisin re-emphasized the community’s need for the facility.
“The Fort Myers shelter is doing an amazing job, but they can only take in so many (animals),” she said.
For more information about the Cape Coral Animal Shelter, visit online at www.capecoralanimalshelter.com or on Facebook at “Cape Coral Animal Shelter.”