The Sierra County Animal Relief Fund (ARF) is holding its “Christmas Extravaganza” during Downieville’s “Holiday on Main” on Saturday, December 6. The Extravaganza will consist of a Pet Parade, raffle, and silent auction — as well as an information booth about the organization.
The Pet Parade will be held in front of Sierra Hardware (or in the firehouse, in case of wet weather). Registration begins at noon, with the parade happening as soon as all animals are registered. Awards will be presented for “Best Dressed”, so animals are encouraged to come in costume. All animals should be properly contained, and it is strongly recommended that they have, at least, their first set of vaccinations.
Raffle prizes and silent auction items will be on display at the ARF booth in the Community Hall (the booth will open at 10:00 AM). Raffle tickets are $1 for one, $5 for six, or $25 for a person’s height in tickets. Tickets may be purchased at the ARF booth on December 6, or in front of the Downieville Post Office on Tuesday, December 2, from 12:00 noon to 2:00 PM. The raffle drawing will take place at 3:00 PM, at the ARF booth. You don’t need to be present to win, but are encouraged to be there. Bidding on the silent auction takes place throughout the day at the ARF booth, with the auction closing at 3:00 PM. To date, raffle prizes include gift certificates at SPD, Herringtons, Esquire IMAX Theatre, South Pine Cafe, Volz Bros, Plaza Tires, Culture Shock, and a couple bottles of wine. And, silent auction items to date include El Dorado Casino & Resort, Mondavi Center jazz concert, dog bed and toy, home beer brew kit, and rum basket.
More items for both the raffle and silent auction are being sought. Local residents and/or businesses might put together a themed auction basket — or could donate to ARF toward such a basket. (All donations to ARF are tax deductible, as it is a registered non-profit organization.) Also, if anyone would be interested in volunteering time for the Christmas Extravaganza — for the Pet Parade or at the booth — their help would be appreciated.
All proceeds from the Christmas Extravaganza benefit the work of the Animal Relief Fund. Currently, ARF is focusing on spaying and neutering animals, in order to help maintain a sustainable pet population, and as a way to cut down on the amount of requests for food that come to the organization. ARF’s goal is to help provide the basics of life to the animal members of Sierra County families by providing healthcare and emergency food when needed.
To donate prizes for the raffle or auction, or money toward such prizes, or to make a donation to ARF, please contact ARF CEO, Rachel Guffin, at 289-2720.