The second annual Paws-itive Partners’ Purr-fect Pasta dinner fundraiser will be held at 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11 at the Masonic Temple, 1600 West B in North Platte. People who turn out for will leave with a full stomach and a feeling of knowing they helped dogs and cats in the Lincoln County area, organizers said.
Local celebrity chefs are presenting pasta entrees ranging from unique delicacies to comfort foods to secrets the chefs won’t divulge until dinner time.
Diners have the opportunity to vote for their favorite entrée.
Last year’s winner was Amber Krycka and the pressure is on her this year to retain bragging rights.
This year chefs are from Cabela’s Outfitters, North Platte Telegraph, KNOP-TV, The Cookettes and Paws-itive Partners. Diners will be served bread, salad, desserts and beverages to go along with the entrées.
“Last year, our hope was for 100 people to join us for dinner,” Jo Mayber of Paws-itve Partners said. “Instead, we had 350."
“This year, we’ll be ready," she said. "We are looking forward to redeeming ourselves and serve a great dinner to the people who are so supportive of Paws-itive Partners.”
Purr-fect Pasta Dinner is open to everyone and admission is by donation. Last year’s dinner proceeds went toward remodeling and furnishing the new cat room at North Platte Animal Shelter.
This year, proceeds will help with other Paws-itive Partners’ projects. Paws-itive Partners member Pat Dannatt is the group’s medical care coordinator.
“We’ve helped a number of cats and dogs get emergency veterinary," Dannatt said. "Most of the animals we helped were in the shelter or foster care. Infections, the deadly disease of parvo, the cost of life-saving amputation, it adds up very quickly.”
Paws-itive Partners also co-sponsors North Platte Pet Food Pantry and helps with other pet-related events.
Paws-itive Partners’ primary mission is to stop pet over-population through spaying and neutering.
Paws-itive Partners helps lower income families by educating about the importance of spaying and neutering and assisting the families to get their pets altered. In the first nine months of 2013, Paws-itive Partners has helped spay and neuter 548 dogs and cats.
“It’s a huge financial responsibility but this is what Paws-itive Partners does. Preventing unwanted litters and pet homelessness is the reason we exist,” Dannatt said.
Dannatt and Mayber hope the public will attend Paws-itive Partners’ Purr-fect Pasta Dinner. All proceeds will be used to benefit area animals.