SAGA Society plans fundraiser

The Island Newspaper, Ambergris Caye, Belize            Vol. 11, No. 36            September 13, 2001

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Last Thursday's monthly meeting of SAGA Society members produced plans and assigned tasks for their annual fundraiser to be held the weekend of October 6th and 7th. Cancelled last year due to Hurricane Keith, the island's humane society is back on track and ready to earn some well-deserved funding for its animal shelter/education center. Nearly a dozen SAGA members and friends were present at the meeting and volunteered their time for the upcoming affair.

    This year's fundraiser will coincide with a two-day barbecue, complete with a live band, being held at Toucan's Restaurant located at Royal Palm Villas, beginning at 1:00 p.m. and lasting until 6:00 each evening. Scheduled events are kayak races, a bake sale, chair massages, and a "silent" auction full of marvelous items "ripe for the bidding." Wonderful prizes will also be given away for those participating in the SAGA Society dog show and the children's art contest. Additional fundraising activities will feature the sale of SAGA T-shirts and tank tops, along with items created by local students at a children's craft sale spearheaded by Morgan Pickard. A "Golf Cart Wash" will also be held on Saturday only.

   Other business at the meeting included the donation of much needed surgical supplies from "Florian" Cathar. This will aid in defraying the costs of the many spay and neuter services SAGA has performed on stray animals in recent months. The director was happy to name a new Silver Sponsor, Betsy Thornton, who joined the ranks last month by donating $500 to the society. Also announced was the gift of two animal-catching devices, a "crush cage" and "lasso" provided by Marie Carroll and Phil Rigby with help from Martine Swint. Director Eastwood informed those attending of the large amount of T-shirt sales that have taken place by way of the SAGA website. She stated that more than $700BZ has been raised thus far thanks to this quite profitable idea, spawned by webmaster Marty Casado who also created and supports the society's website. Dr. Eastwood also informed that another task completed was the mounting of the framed SAGA poster and donation box on the wall in the Tropic Air departure lounge. The Society takes this opportunity to extend their heartfelt appreciation to all who have given financially or of themselves to promote this worthy cause.

    Several members and friends of SAGA will be soliciting local businesses for prizes and auction items in the next few weeks. A follow-up meeting for the fundraiser will be held this Thursday, September 13th at 6:00 p.m. Anyone interested in being involved in the fundraiser or wishing to donate prizes and items for the auction may call 3266 for more information. Additional details regarding the fundraiser will be included in next week's edition of the San Pedro Sun.
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