2007 Fur Ball

2007 Fur Ball

This was our best Fur Ball ever!

Did we catch you on film at the Fur Ball?  Check and see HERE and HERE and HERE

See photos from the private patrons’ party with Bo Derek HERE

See some of the volunteer photos from the night HERE and More Volunteers

Buy your photo from the Fur Ball HERE **

See the room, the cakes, the car, the decor, flower sculpture and more HERE

** Jeff Fay, photographer Hollowtree Images 15711 Mapledale Dr., Suite A Tampa, FL 33624-3112 813-962-3270 studio 813-477-2429 cell www.hollowtreeimages.com


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Cynthia Smoot Fox 13

Friday, October 12, 2007

A La Carte Pavilion

6:30PM  to  Midnight

With FOX 13’s Cynthia Smoot as celebrity emcee and renowned actress and animal advocate Bo Derek attending to receive the first Big Cat Rescue “Wildlife Guardian Angel” award. Proceeds to support four mistreated tigers rescued in May.

?? To see the Fox 13 ad click here

Sponsored by the following “King of Beasts” sponsors and the other generous sponsors listed further down on this page:

American Momentum Bank Jaguar of Tampa Teasdale

“GRRREAT FUN” are the words that are most often used to describe the hugely successful sold out Fur Ball in past years.

The fun starts in deciding what to wear and then seeing how other people dress. The “Safari Costume Formal” attire is described below, with links to photos from prior years.

Then, thanks to generous donors and vendors, the ball is packed with activity and culinary delights. These include:

  • LIVE AUCTION. Beat out the other bidders in our Live Auction including four spectacular international vacations and 30 days in the incredible $90,000 Jaguar XK convertible that is new this model year donated by King of Beasts Sponsor Jaguar of Tampa.
  • ROLEX RAFFLE. Win an elegant Men’s Rolex Oyster Perpetual Airking stainless steel watch with white roman numeral dial, oyster bracelet, engine turned bezel donated by AvantGold Jewelers.  Retail price $3675.
  • GOURMET SEATED DINNER . Dine on a Gourmet Seated Dinner by the wonderful chef at A La Carte. (See meal choice below.)
  • COMPLIMENTARY WINE AND SPIRITS. Drink complimentary palate pleasing Chardonnay, Merlot and Cabernet wines all evening from Papio Winery, who donate a portion of their profits to African Wildlife Fund, and enjoy specialty drinks donated by Future Brands.  Check out the table of exotic international beers donated by Pepin Distributing or free champagne by Freixenet.
  • CAT THEME DESSERT CONTEST. Cast your vote for the best big cat themed dessert by sampling the finalists for the King of Feasts contest.
  • DRUMMING CIRCLE. Pound away your frustrations at the Drumming Circle with Jana Broder.
  • COSTUME CONTEST. Win a great prize in our Costume Contest
  • SILENT AUCTION. Bid for great prizes in our Silent Auction.
  • BIG CAT BARGAINS SALE. Save money big time at the Big Cat Bargains Sale with hundreds of discounted restaurant certificates and other items at bargain prices.
  • DANCE TO LIVE BAND. Dance the night away to the beat of versatile Wholly Cats Band.
  • TAROT AND PALM READINGS. By the mystical Clang from Chicago.
  • WHEEL OF FUR-TUNE CASINO TABLE. Special wheel with our own cat faces custom created by Dan Mar Productions.
  • BOOK SIGNING. Local author, Dr. Mary Key, will be signing her Entrepreneurial Cat book for patrons.
  • PUFF ON THE PATIO. Cuesta Rey Pyramid #9 cigars to relax with on the patio donated by J.C. Newman Cigar Company.

More details on these fun activities appear lower down on this page.

Proceeds will be used to feed these four mistreated tigers rescued on May 18, 2007:

Trucha the tiger Modnic the tiger
Trucha Modnic
TJ the tiger Bella the tiger
TJ Bella

After one person died and two others were mauled at a central Florida breeding facility, the 84 year old owner lost his USDA license. This backyard breeding operation was known for breeding white tigers, which should not be bred at all. When the facility closed, they were able to place the white tigers, but no one wanted these four golden tigers. A friend of the owner was driving 30 miles and feeding them out of her own pocket but could not continue. When she announced that they would be put down if no one came to get them, Big Cat Rescue came to the rescue. Kept in small quarters and having watched their neighbors disappear one by one, they arrived in various states of stress, depression, underweight and ungroomed. One paced continuously, another hid in its den, a third lay staring into space. Within days they started to come around, enjoy their luxurious habitats, resume grooming, and start to show their wonderful personalities.

With their anticipated life expectancies it is expected to cost over $100,000 to provide care for these animals. Your participation in this year’s Fur Ball will go toward providing a caring and healthy permanent home for these animals whose life until now has not been what they deserve.

Help these four tigers HERE

Help rescue two lions and their two tiger friends HERE

The Fur Ball is sold out!

We sold all 700 tickets but are taking names and numbers in case anyone calls to say they won’t be using their ticket.  Please call Bridget at 813-426-5948.  To be sure we got your message you may also email info@bigcatrescue.org with your name and phone number.

DETAILS OF EVENT

LOCATION: The fabulous A La Carte Event Pavilion at 4050 Dana Shores Dr. Tampa, FL 33634 off Memorial Highway by Rocky Point Golf Course.  For detailed directions and information, click here or on photo above of the Pavilion. Security provided by the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Dept.

ATTIRE: We call the unique Fur Ball attire “Safari Costume Formal”. You can come in traditional formal attire, come in safari, cat print or jungle orientation costume, or any mix in between, such as part formal with cat print accessorizing.  Be creative and have fun with it! Prizes will be awarded! Use your imagination – get wild!   For examples from the past visit bigcatrescue.org/FurBallPhotos.htm

To get your hats and accessories for the Fur Ball while supporting the cats, click on the highlighted text. (At the hat store use the code word big cats). For a discount on a tux click here.

FOOD AND DRINK:

Complimentary Wine by Papio: Papio Wines, who support primate preservation through contributions to the African Wildlife Fund, have generously donated enough 50 cases of wine allowing us to offer complimentary wine bars with their wonderful Chardonnay, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon before the meal and, in addition, then serve complimentary Chardonnay and Merlot during the meal!

Complimentary Cocktail: Ticket for complimentary cocktail before dinner with each admission. Jim Beam, Absolut, Canadian Club and other fine spirits generously provided by Future Brands.

Complimentary Beer:  Check out Pepin Distributing’s table of exotic beers.

Gourmet Dinner by A La Carte: Your choice of one of the following main courses. We recently went for a tasting and both dishes are absolutely to die for. We encourage our guests to experiment with the vegetarian meal even if it is not your usual diet. Last year’s got rave reviews and this years is even better. But for those who prefer otherwise, the tilapia entre below is absolutely fantastic. When you make your reservation please indicate if you would like the vegetarian selection.

MAIN COURSE – CHOICE OF:

Vegetarian Selection:  Portobello “Wellington” A Braised Portobello Mushroom topped with a Goat Cheese and Wild Mushroom Pate Enrobed in Puff Pastry with Rainbow Chard, Roasted Garlic Parsnip Potato Puree and Mushroom Madeira Wine Reduction.

Fish Selection: Pan Seared Tilapia (not US farm raised) over Mashed New Potatoes with Grilled Asparagus Pecan Brown Butter and Caper Berries.

DESSERT:

Chocolate Meringue “Raft” filled with Banana Rum Compote on a “Sea” of Strawberry Coulis with a Chocolate Leopard Print Sail

ENTERTAINMENT AND ACTIVITIES:

Live music: The Wholly Cats Band will return this year with a brand new sound.

Rolex Raffle: Raffle tickets are on sale now through the ball to win an elegant Men’s Rolex Oyster Perpetual Airking stainless steel watch with white roman numeral dial, oyster bracelet, engine turned bezel.  The retail price $3675.  Generously donated by AvantGold Jewelers. For more info and to purchase tickets visitbigcatrescue.org/Rolex.htm

Live Auction:  Last year’s live auction, run by renowned auctioneer Wade West, was a huge hit.  It included three spectacular international trips.  Wade is working on this year’s selection, but to get an idea what they are likely to be like, see Live Auction Items below to view last year’s items and the sleek, sexy 30 days in a Jaguar XK Convertible donated by King of Beasts Sponsor Jaguar of Tampa that will be in this year’s auction.

Silent Auction:  From the many items donated we will select a limited number of special items to be in the silent auction.  This year’s auction will have a different kind of gradual item close out than you have ever seen before that will add to the excitement of your bidding!  Thank our donors!

Big Cat Bargain Sale: Featured for the first time last year and back by popular demand.  This is a great way to support the cats while saving on meals, gifts or items you just want or need.  This is like going to a great department store and finding everything marked 25-50% off!  When you purchase a restaurant or golf certificate or other item at a discount, since you would eat out, golf, or buy gifts anyway, you are not spending money, you are saving money, and helping the cats at the same time.  Start your holiday shopping now in a way that also helps support the cats!  Thank our donors!

Drumming CircleJana Broder returns based on popular demand with her “let it all hang out” drumming circle. You simply sit down in the circle behind a djembes drum when you please and follow the beat. You will be amazed at how easy, how mellowing, and how much fun it is! Everyone who tries it raves about it.

Tarot and Palm Readings: Clang is a psychic entertainer who will be reading from her beautiful cat themed tarot deck for your enjoyment and enlightenment. All proceeds from the readings will go directly to Big Cat Rescue. Traveling with Clang all the way from Chicago, Angela from VIP BACHELORETTE will also be on hand to entertain you while you are waiting in the anticipated line. All readings are fun and uplifting, so don’t be a “scaredy cat” come join in the fun. VIP BACHELORETTE is proud to be a supporter of Big Cat Rescue.

EVENING ITINERARY (subject to adjustment)

6:30-7:15 Check in. Enjoy unlimited complimentary Papio Wine, Confection Tasting, coupon for drink at bar, bid in the silent auction, first dibs on the great values at the Big Cat Bargains Sale.
7:15 Dinner is served
7:25 Introduction by guest emcee Cynthia Smoot followed by short video.
7:35 Welcome from Founder and brief awards (and we do mean brief…we are here to party!) followed by short video.
8:00 – 8:30 Live Auction.  Trips and once in a lifetime opportunities presented by professional auctioneer Wade West.
8:30 Costume Contest finalists to the stage to draw for winner!
8:45-10:00 Silent Auction, Big Cat Bargains Sale, Dancing, Drumming Circle, Tarot and Palm Reading, Complimentary Wine Bar, Donation Cash Bar, Vote for the Best Big Cat Themed Dessert by tasting all.
10:00 Raffle Drawing to see who wins the Rolex Watch!
10:00- 10:30 Silent Auction items close in succession with winners announced.
11:00 Wheel of Fur-tune Raffle Drawing
10:00- 12:00 Dancing to the sounds of The Wholly Cats Band, Big Cat Bargains Sale, Drumming Circle until 11PM, Complimentary Wine Bar, Donation Cash Bar.


ROLEX RAFFLE BY AVANTGOLD

Purchase tickets to win this elegant Men’s Rolex Oyster Perpetual Airking stainless steel watch with white roman numeral dial, oyster bracelet, engine turned bezel.  The retail price $3675.  Donated by AvantGold Jewelers who is also donating a $1,000.00 gift certificate to the winner of the Wheel of Fur-tune grand prize winner. 1 ticket for only $20, best deal is 7 tickets for $100. To purchase tickets visit bigcatrescue.org/Rolex.htm

LIVE AUCTION ITEMS

30 Days in the 2008 Jaguar XK Convertible newly released this year

Spend 30 days in a sleek Jaguar XK Convertible donated by Jaguar of Tampa. Jaguar of Tampa has been a major supporter of Big Cat Rescue since 2003. Their involvement began when they provided the financial support that allowed us to rescue two sick, aging jaguar cats who were being kept in a basement in a roadside zoo in New Hampshire. For more on this generous rescue and photos of the cats CLICK HERE. Jaguar of Tampa is located at 320 E. Fletcher Avenue, Tampa, FL 33612. 813-371-8200.

Christmas Market Cruise to Vienna

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Christmas in Vienna and the small towns of Austria is like nothing else in the world.  Spend eight days / seven nights marveling at snow covered peaks in a winter wonderland. You’ll be gasping at the beauty as your cruise ship takes you down the Blue Danube, visiting a new town every day.  You’ll get spectacular bargains as local craftsmen show their Christmastime treasures to you.  This wonderful escape includes round trip air for two; two nights’ accommodations in Vienna where you can dance the Viennese Waltz in the park were Straus wrote it, all your meals on your six days aboard your luxurious river cruise ship and the most spectacular Christmas memories ever.

Escape to Europe’s Secret Vacation Spot – Majorca

Secret Europe Click to see larger

To get the attention of Europe’s beautiful people, all you have to do is whisper one word….. “Majorca.”  This gorgeous island, floating spectacularly in the Mediterranean off the southern coast of Spain, has long been the playground for Europe’s elite.  With soft, pure-white, perfect sand beaches and the gentle Mediterranean lapping up at your toes, it doesn’t get any better than this.  The vegetation in Majorca is so lush that world champion Arabian stallion horses are flown there every winter to rest and recuperate from their demanding show schedule.  Nightlife in Majorca?  There are well-founded rumors that the word “discotheque” was invented by a group of vacationing French movie stars during their stay in Majorca.  The dining in Majorca is like nothing else you have ever experienced; you don’t go to a restaurant; it’s as if you are old friends and personal guests of some of the finest hosts and chefs in the world.  Includes round-trip air from Orlando, your beachfront hotel, and all the relaxation and fun you can pack into your week in Majorca.  The two of you may go there as friends, even old friends, but she will return as newly reinvigorated lovers.

Tigers, and the Taj Mahal

Taj Mahal Tigers in IndiaJust for you…. The Tigers of India– Enter a world of romantic marvels and wonder…. and majestic tigers roaming free.  Your visit begins at the Taj Mahal, a majestic monument to the memory of love and beauty, but it is not the only sight in India full of grace.  After the Taj Mahal you move on to the game parks of Bandhavgarh.  These parks are home to the beautiful tigers of India, where they range freely and lucky visitors can watch these amazing animals from atop an elephant or by jeep.  We all benefit from seeing these beautiful and powerful giant cats at Big Cat Rescue, but just think what it would be like to see them in the wild.  Biologists fear wild Tigers will become extinct in our lifetime.  Don’t miss this chance to see them up close in their natural habitat.  Your 7 day/6 night trip includes roundtrip airfare, all accommodations, your visit to the Taj Mahal and guided park safari.

Lions, Cheetahs and Elephants oh my…

Noble Male Lion on the African veltAre you a quick shot?  With your camera, that is!  Your African photo safari begins as you depart on your flight to Nairobi for the trip of a lifetime.  Your safari will take you to the Sarova Shaba Lodge at Mount Kenya and the fabled Lion Hill Lodge at Lake Nakuru where you will have noble gorillas in your midst.  Then it’s on to your spectacular accommodations at the Maasai Mara Game Reserve.  Ladies and Gentlemen, be warned!  Have your cameras ready at all times on Maasai Mara because that movement in the corner of your eye could just be elusive leopard, fleet footed cheetah or majestic lions in the wild!  This 9 day/8 night trip for two includes your roundtrip air to Nairobi, all transfers, all dining, all your spectacular game drives and 6 nights lodging in Kenya, and memories for a lifetime.

One Hour For Two in High Tech Military Flight Training Simulator – Priceless!

Have you ever wanted to fly a plane, if so here is your chance.  “Fly” a C-130 Hercules Simulator.  You and a companion will spend 60 minutes in a high tech flight training device.  Under the guidance of an expert pilot, you can take off, fly and land this four engine turboprop military craft.  This simulator is being used everyday by U.S. and international military aircrews.  This opportunity is not offered to the general public at any price, but is being graciously donated to the Fur Ball by CAE USA, INC.

Bucs Club Seats and Memorabilia

Bucs TicketsThese are not just Bucs tickets – they are CLUB SEATS with private entrance, padded seats, great view, and access to the exclusive Club Lounge!  Two tickets each to four games – see the  Originally $250 each (total value $2000) and sold out so not available.  See games 7-10 in ultimate luxury!  Note: auction winner agrees not to resell these tickets. Generously donated by Jeff and Brigitte Ajluni.

In addition, you receive three collector’s item Bucs bobble heads of John Lynch, Martin Gramatic and Brad Johnson that retailed for $25 each, you drive up in style with your own $25 Bucs license plate, AND you shop like a true fan with a $100 gift certificate from Buccaneer Heaven on Florida Avenue, all courtesy of Jeff Fox of Buccaneer and Bulls Heaven.

Silent Auction

Below are a few of the items that will appear in the silent auction:

Four Days at Lewa Wildlife Conservancy in Kenya

Lewa SafariEach year a group of volunteers and staff from Big Cat Rescue take a trip to Africa. Out of all of the available safari camps, Lewa is the one they choose. Every year our travelers come back raving about the experience. Lewa has generously donated Four Nights in their Safari Camp that includes full board and game drives for two people (does not include airfare). To learn more about Lewa, you can visit www.lewa.org or email info@lewa.org

Fused Glass Art by Lisa Vogt

China Doll inspires Lisa VogtThis 12×20 inch fused glass piece titled “Here’s Looking At You” by award winning artist Lisa Vogt was created based on a photo of our tiger China Doll.

Lisa’s work is owned by private collectors throughout the world and her work is commissioned for public art sites regionally.

Her 5 foot by 15 foot iron and fused glass kite series titled, Kites in Flight, is installed at Tampa International Airport. Lisa has authored numerous books and writes for publications like Glass Art and Glass Craftsman.  National and regional seminars seek Lisa for lectures and programs.  Lisa has appeared on both PBS and HGTV to speak on glass related topics.  A piece similar to this recently sold at auction for $3400.

Mouse over image to see the inspiration Lisa got from our China Doll.

Week Vacation in North Carolina Mountains

Big Cat Mountain Lair Cabin: Week long Vacation in Bryson City, N.C. This Cabin is a 2 Bedroom 1 1/2 Bath with a Loft that has 2 Single Beds suitable for Children.  Full Kitchen, Central Heat and Air, Washer and Dryer, Satellite TV, Fully furnished, all you need is food.It is located on the edge of the Great Smoky Mountain Park on a Private Mountain, bordered on one side by the Oconaluftee River, secluded, yet only minutes to town. We are 4 miles from Cherokee and 6 miles from Bryson City. Miles of Beautiful Scenic Roads to walk on, Picnic area along the river to cook out, build a Fire and enjoy the Peace and Quiet. A Beautiful Vacation place where you will build wonderful Memories and want to return again. http://www.stairsmountaincabin.com Donated by Vern & Barbara Stairs.

Two Round Trip AirTran Tickets

AirtranAirTran Airways has generously donated two round trip coach class domestic tickets anywhere they fly valued at up to $1200.

Weekend in Mercedes SLK 280 or SLK 350

Ride in luxury with the top down and wind blowing through your hair for a weekend in this elegant sports care donated by Cougar Sponsor Lokey Mercedes.

 

 

 

Humidor

humidorElegant maple and walnut wooden inlays on the lid of this humidor with redwood sides. Holds up to 160 cigars. 13 1/3” x 9 3/8” x 6”. High gloss finish with Executive Series Enhancements such as IMAS® (Invisible Magnet Attachment System).  Donated by J.C. Newman Cigar Company. PLUS two boxes of Cuesta Rey Pyramid #9 cigars to start you off!

COSTUME CONTEST PRIZE

Our costume scout committee will select 10 contestants to be called to the stage to display their costumes. The winner will receive:

Week Vacation in Pennsylvania Mountain Resort Condo

Big Cat CondoSpend a week in Big Cat Rescue’s condo at Wolf Run Manor  at the beautiful Treasure Lake in Du Bois, PA. Hike 9000 acres of woodlands, swim at the many beaches and pools. Amenities include boating, two PGA rated golf courses, driving range, nature trails, basketball court, sledding, tubing hill, parks, playgrounds and a marina. Week 31 (August 2008)

BIG CAT RESCUE IS INCREDIBLY GRATEFUL TO THE FOLLOWING SPONSORS

FOR SUPPORTING THIS EVENT AND OUR WORK WITH THE CATS

PLEASE CONSIDER THANKING OUR SPONSORS WITH YOUR PATRONAGE

(For information about sponsorship, please contact Howard Baskin at 813-889-7244 or HBaskin@bigcatrescue.org)

KING OF BEASTS CHAMPIONS

 Teasdale Worldwide

MAJOR MEDIA SPONSORS

 

MAGIC 94.9 101.5 The Point
105.5 FM WDUV The Dove 102.5 FM The Bone
107.3 The Eagle – Tampa Bay’s Classic HitsStation

 

     97x- Tampa Bay’s New Rock  Alternative

 

Maddux Report

 

Fox 13 Tampabay Tampa Tribune

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LEOPARD

RESCUERS

 

 

COUGAR

DEFENDERS

 

Black Swan
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Regions Bank

 

IN KIND SPONSORS

Wine Sponsor:

Papio Winery is dedicated to supporting animal causes and donates a portion of their profits to the African Wildlife Foundation to protect some of Africa ’s most treasured primates, such as the chimpanzee, golden monkey, mountain gorilla and bonobo, along with their habitats. We are honored to have them as our wine sponsor for the third consecutive year. Their generous donation allows us offer complimentary wine throughout the event, including dinner.

What do the wines taste like? This is how Papio Winemaker Erick Schultz answers that question: “Papio wines are all about fruit. Our 2004 Chardonnay has bright flavors of crisp pineapple, citrus, and tropical fruit with juicy, balanced flavors and a refreshing finish. Our 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon has distinctive berry and black cherry character, with jazz hints of lavender and spice. Our 2004 Merlot has lush plum and red cherry character, with an easy-to-love soft, smooth texture. I’m currently blending our newest varietal, Pinot Grigio, that will be in stores in early 2006. Our 2005 Pinot Grigio has luscious citrus and melon flavors, and is a refreshing addition to the Papio family.”

Spirits Sponsor:

Future Brands is a new sponsor this year providing all of the Jim Beam, Absolut and other fine brands of liquor for the complimentary drink and donation based cash bar throughout the night. Our sincere thanks for this fabulous addition to the ball.

Future Brands

Champagne Sponsor:

Freixenet

Freixenet has generously sponsored the Champagne for the Fur Ball gala.

Beer Sponsor:

Pepin Distributing CompanyPepin Distributing Company, in addition to being a table sponsor, is setting up a table of their best exotic international beers for your enjoyment.

Cigar Sponsor:

Cigars by JC NewmanJ.C. Newman Cigar Company is another new sponsor this year. They are graciously providing 100 Pyramid #9 cigars available by donation for your smoking pleasure on the patio or in the future. In addition, they have offered a beautiful Craftsman’s Beach humidor for our auction/sale.

Visit J.C. Newman Cigar Company here:

www.CigarFamily.com

Gaming Table Sponsor:

Dan Mar Productions generously has donated their custom made Big Cat Wheel of Fur-tune where you wager by picking the cat photo the spinning wheel will land on. Be sure to reward their generosity to the cats by calling on them for your next party.  They can do everything from a house party to a complete ballroom set up.  Dan and Mary and their professional staff have been a pleasure to work with.  AvantGoldConsider throwing an exciting Casino Night party of your own to help raise money for Big Cat Rescue and be sure to call on the experts you know who have shown their compassion for the big cats.  Win a $1,000.00 gift certificate to AvantGold if you are the grand prize winner at this Wheel of Fur-tune.

Tarot and Palm Reading Sponsor:

Clang flies all the way from Chicago to deliver her insights, with all proceeds going to the cats. Learn what the cards or your palm have to say about you and your future!

A La Carte Event Pavilion

The exciting animal themed decor is donated by the A La Carte Event Pavilion.

Table Sponsors:

ActSoft, Inc.
Ameriprise Financial Services
Bank of Florida
Boh Family
Candace Barbara
Carl & Susan Bass
Charles Rutenberg Realty
Florida Medical Clinic
Griffen Family
Hawthorne Pond
IDAutomation, Inc.
Lorrie’s Hair Design

Pepin Distributing Company

PriceWaterhouseCoopers
piperpaul+kenny
Saint Pete MRI
TECO
Thomas-Hunt Family
Thomas Printing
TOPS Software
TSE – Klingel Family
Verizon
Zalkin Family

Silent Auction and Big Cat Bargain Donors

Our cats are only kept alive through your support. 

On behalf of the cats, thank you!
FUR BALL COMMITTEE:

Jamie Veronica, Susan Mitchell, Denny Mitchell, Scott Lope, Bridget Bolger, Cynthia Montayre, Ann Canterbury, Guata, Leslie and Howie Baskin.

Thanks for all of your hard work!

If you or your company have any product or service that we could add to our auction, PLEASE contact Denny at 813-299-7388 or Denny@bigcatrescue.org.  You help a great cause while building awareness for your company not only to the hundreds of guests who are desirable customers or clients, but also to the thousands of supporters who read our newsletter and website. Certificates for dinner or other local services are especially helpful.  If your gift is valued at $500 or more, please submit a photo and short bio on yourself or your company so we can provide extra recognition. Thank you.

A FEW COMMENTS FROM PAST YEARS’ GUESTS:

2005: Rob Elder from Jaguar of Tampa said, ?This could be the most important social event of the year!  We are going to come every year?. In 2004, he and his fiancée were there despite her being about to give birth to their first child, and in 2005 he had to come alone because they just had their second child days before!  Congratulations!

2006: Jay O’Conner of Cox Radio said, ?It’s going to fill the Raymond James stadium at this rate!  This is such an important cause to my heart.?

2007: “You have done it again! Last night was an absolutely fabulous party. I hope, of course, that you made lots of money for the cats – but the fundraising aside, the Fur Ball is one of the best parties out there. The video was excellent and moving, the food was delicious, Cynthia (Smoot) did a great job, Bo (Derek) was a wonderful addition, the auction had great items and kept the crowd involved, the drum circle and dancing are always a hoot…and of course looking at everyone’s outfits is a huge part of the fun. I also heard lots of positive comments about the shopping set-up, as opposed to silent auction. So thank you!!” Hugs, Cathy Unruh

 

Business Name Donated Item for the 2007 Fur Ball Thanks To:        Return To Fur Ball 717 South gift certificate 717 South A+ Car Wash car wash Greg ABC Fine Wine & Spirts gift basket Lean Corwin Accents & Gifts elephant plaque Nohemy or Patrick Accents & Gifts small leather tiger Nohemy or Patrick Access Magazine 12 tickets to FL Orchestra Al Martino Access Magazine 10 tickets St. Pete Airfest Al Martino Access Magazine 4 tickets American Stage Al Martino Access Magazine 4 tickets Dolphin Queen Al Martino Access Magazine 2 tickets carriage ride Al Martino Access Magazine 1 sunset sail Al Martino Ace yard care equipment Frank Minuto Adobe Gila’s 4 $20 gift certificates Tami Power Adventure Outfitters Semi Private Scuba Course  Leon Watts Affordable Catering gift certificate Tera Webb Agoula 30×25 framed, numbered, and signed giclee of lion Margo French Air Tran 2 domestic roundtrip air fare tickets Tad Hutcheson Alessi Italian Bar & Grille 2 $15 gift certificates Tim Roulette Alvin Magnon Jewelers porcelain tiger chip and dip tray Beverly Brady American Stage 6 admission tickets American Stage Ann Canterbury autographed poster by Frankie Avalon and cast of Grease Ann Canterbury Annabelle’s “Blue Spendor” Ann Johns Antonio’s Pasta Grille gift certificate Kyle Kemp Applebee’s gift certificate Stacy Applebee’s gift certificates Jamie Arbonne International Arbonne gift basket – ginger citrus body wash and body butter Cathleen Crobons Artist on Wet Canvas “Fun Fun Fun” hand made glass lampwork beads bracelet Jerry Hall Artist on Wet Canvas “Red Hot” hand made glass lampwork beads bracelet Jerry Hall Asolo Repertory Theatre 2 admission tickets Michael Rowland Atlanta Bread Co gift certificate Angela Lefelve Auroara large lion stuffed animal Bruce Shetland Auroara large tiger stuffed animal Bruce Shetland Avenue Q The Golden Theater Avenue Q signed playbill Avenue Q The Golden Theater Ballyhoo gift certificate Todd Barbara / Julie Hanan Andy Pettitte signed baseball with picture Barbara / Julie Hanan Barbara Stairs Week vacation in Bryson City NC Cabin Barbara Stairs BCPrints “Cloe” print Brian Czarnik Bed Bath & Beyond gift certificate Bed Bath & Beyond Beef O Brady’s 4 $10 gift certificates John BellaBrava gift card Robert Sanderson Bella’s Italian Café gift certificate Eric – thru Rich Reed Belleair Country Club golf foursome Laurie Jerichow Bellini Restaurant and Lounge gift certificate Ciro Mancini Bennigans gift certificate Jason Pratt Bennigans gift certificates ( 2 $10, 1 $5) Ed Bardelli Benttree Clinic chiropractic exam & consultation Dr Damien Rogers Benttree Clinic cervical pillow Dr Damien Rogers Benttree Clinic 1/2 hour massage Dr Damien Rogers Benttree Clinic acupuncture session Dr Damien Rogers Best Buy gift card Dave Swartz Best Western Mt Vernon Inn I night delux room, 2 cocktails, and $25 gift certificate to 310 Park South  Vicki Krueger Bilmar Station gift certificate Neil Hirsch Black Diamond CC Golf threesome at exclusive, private Black Diamond.  Play with member.   Michael Kaplan GM thru Marty Schaffel Blockbusters movie gift bakset – “Adventures of Milo and Otis”, “Happy Feet”, candy,  popcorn Russ Blue Martini gift certificate Misty Bonefish Grille 2 gift certificates to Bonefish Grill Jessica Emery Bonefish Grille gift certificate Brian Alexander Bonefish Grille dinner for 2 Michael Muskat Boston’s gift certificates Sandy Queen Bowen Travel gift card for Outback, Carrabas, Roy’s, Bonefish Grill, or Flemings Willie Vazquez Breeze & Associates Residential Design iLIVE iB5 combination portable iPod dock w/ CD player and AM/FM radio Lyle Breeze Brixtec, Inc Microsoft Corporate Assessment Kathy Perry Brnchery Restaurant catered party Greg Elliot Broad Source Technologies NY Yankees DVD Jeanene Arrington Buccaneer & Bulls Heaven “The Big Nasty” bobbing head doll Jeff Fox Busch Gardens 2 tickets Busch Gardens Bushy Cats lion note card, 4×6, 5×7 Diane Bush Caesar “Just Two Cats at a Wine Tasting.” 36″ x 48″ oil on canvas painting Caesar Caffe Amaretto lunch for 2 Tony Serra Capital Grille gift basket – certificate and wine Vincent Carpe Diem Acupunture “Take Time for Yourself” gift basket – Chinese massage, wine, glasses, pedicure Debra Bebell Carrabba’s 2 gift certificates Mike Salem Carrabba’s 2 gift certificate Holly Roseberry Carrollwood Bicycle Emporium gift certificate David & Jodi Luppino Carrolwood Vacuums Simplicity Synchrony vacuum cleaner Ron Levesque Carrolwood Vacuums vacuum cleaner Ron Levesque Carrolwood Vacuums vacuum cleaner Ron Levesque Carvel gift certificate – 4 ice cream cakes Mongol Carvel gift certificate – ice cream cake Michelle LaMura Casa Caballero manicure, pediucre, and hair cut Diana Casanova & Imhoff teeth whitening program Marianne McConnell Cason Portrait Studio 1 family Hillsborough River portrait session with 1 11×14 canvas wall portrait Amy Cason Cason Portrait Studio 1 family beach portrait session with 1 11×14 canvas wall portrait Amy Cason 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Dairy Queen 12 basket meal gift certificates George Elqasses Daniel A Bertoch, DDS dental gift basket Judy Dawn Balusik gift certificate for acupuncture Dawn Balusik Dempsey’s Steak House – Saddlebrook dinner for two including non-alcoholic beverages, tax and gratuity Michael Ingrassia Dillards men’s fragrance gift basket with Kenneth Cole watch George Johnson Dillards women’s fragrance gift basket George Johnson Dinner Done 4 entrée kitchen session Audra Nasser Dinosaur World 2 admission tickets Marlene Svensson Doctors Foster & Smith gift certificate Doctors Foster & Smith Donatello Restaurant gift certificate Alessandra Tiozzo Dormia 2 memory foam contour pillows & 600 thread count Egyptian cotton sheet set Leah Selevman Dow Sherwood Village Inn 10 complimentary meals Laurie Banks Dr. Clayton Hopkins  gift certificate for botox  Dr. Clayton Hopkins  Dunedin Fine Art Center 1 yr family membership Catherine Bergman East Lake Woodlands golf foursome Glenn EcoTours Kenya pillow cover 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Supplies high back BOSS brand executive chair  Michael Schulz Friends of Big Cat Rescue hot air balloon ride for 2 Terry Smith Friends of Big Cat Rescue 1 case Clos Du Val 2204 Cabernet Sauvignon Terry Smith Friends of Big Cat Rescue 1 case Clos Du Val 2004 Napa Valley Merlot Terry Smith Friends of Big Cat Rescue M&M Dispenser w/ M&Ms Terry Smith Genesis Group 4 Lightning Jeep Club Level seats with 8 drink coupons Bruce Kaschyk Glen Yancey 8×10 digital art print – Simba leopard Glen Yancey Glen Yancey 8×10 digital art print – Cam & Zabu Glen Yancey Godley Station Dental Excellence 2 Sonicare toothbrushes Dianne Greer Grand Hyatt Westshore Sunday brunch for 2 Robert Steele III Grass Root gift certificate Sabrina Aird Grille One Sixteen gift card Todd Hampton Inn & Suites Tampa North 2 tickets to Busch Gardens; expires 12/31/07 Christi Porch Hampton Inn Waters Ave 2 night weekend stay Kristi Carroll Harbour Island Athletic Club and Spa 4 30 minute tennis lessons Dan Richardson Harry’s 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Crystal Edition w/ stand in black by Todd English James Boone HSN Wolfgang Puck Bistro Buffet Server James Boone HSN Fuji 1GB XD memory card James Boone HSN 4 White Wine Glasses with Aeration by Todd English James Boone HSN 14K Sitting Cats Pendant James Boone HSN “Wolfgang Puck Makes It Easy” cookbook James Boone in Casa set of 2 metal leaf trays Corinne Cammisa Indigo Coffee coffee, travel mug, biscotti and $25 gift card Chris Plummer Inn at Lake Joseph 1 night stay Ru Weinger J.C. Newman Cigar Company Craftsmen Bench humidor and 2 boxes of Cuesta Rey Pyramid #9 cigars Eric Newman Jana Broder  one hour team building drumming session  Jana Broder  Jeff & Brigitte Ajluni Bucs Tickets – 4 Club Seats Brigitte Ajluni Joe Gills Racing JJ Yeley signed hat Jan Eads Joe Gills Racing Denny Hamlin signed hat Jan Eads Joe Gills Racing Tony Stewart signed hat Jan Eads John Karl 16×22 “Moonlit Thirst” signed lithograph John Karl John Karl 16×22 “Morning Watch” signed lithograph John Karl John Karl 18×24 “Single File” signed lithograph John Karl Jonathan – David Andrew Hair Studio & Spa haircut & blow dry Robyn Cole – Genesis Judy Watts 5 hour cruise on a 32ft Donzi for 4 including lunch and beverages Judy Watts Julie Hanan “Table with Purr-sonality” – handpainted custom cocktail table Julie Hanan Julie Hanan “Tassle Time” chair Julie Hanan Julie Hanan art deco vase with feather arrangment Julie Hanan Julie Hanan child’s study chair Julie Hanan Julie Hanan safari table Julie Hanan Julie Hanan Adakai Pottery with feather arrangement Julie Hanan Julie Hanan Chair art “Zabu I” Julie Hanan Julie Hanan Chair art “Zabu II” Julie Hanan Julie Hanan basket w shampoo, conditioner, & hairspray Julie Hanan Julie Hanan basket w candles, soaps, bath gel Julie Hanan Julie Hanan necklace/ bracelet display Julie Hanan Kathleen Finnerty Photography 3 framed pictures of BCR cats Kathleen Finnerty Kathy Crotts BCR Leopards Kathy Crotts Kathy Perry corporate assessment workshop for up to 20 employees Kathy Perry Key West Express 1 round trip ticket Dana Kitten Sitten 7 free “Kitten Sitten” visits Pat O’Shea KMI 30″ jumbo stuffed lion Cecy Burkhardt KMI 30″ jumbo stuffed snow leopard Cecy Burkhardt LaFleur’s Gymnastics 1 month of swim lessons LaFleur’s Gymnastics LaFleur’s Gymnastics 1 month (4 classes) of gymnastic classes – new members only LaFleur’s Gymnastics LaFleur’s Gymnastics $50 off a $200 birthday party LaFleur’s Gymnastics Lansbrook Golf Club 1 round of golf for 4  Gina Santori Lansbrook Golf Club 1 round of golf for 4  Gina Santori LaPosh Salon gift certificate Judy McDougall Laurie Jo Forrester LMT 1 hour massage Lorrie Jo Forrester Le Camelot Day Spa gift certificate for one face sculpting treatment Sandi Brooks Le Camelot Day Spa gift certificate for one face sculpting treatment Sandi Brooks Le Camelot Day Spa gift certificate for one face sculpting treatment Sandi Brooks Le Camelot Day Spa gift certificate for one ionic foot dextox Sandi Brooks Le Camelot Day Spa gift certificate for one ionic foot dextox Sandi Brooks Lee Roy Selmon’s 2 gift certificates David Stevens Lenne Nicklaus-Ball serigraph print Lenne Nicklaus-Ball Lenne’ Nicklaus-Ball 21/2 ft by 5 ft. of a large cat  Lenne’ Nicklaus-Ball Les Miserales – Marius Company Les Miserales signed playbill Alan Wasser Let’s Eat gift certificate Danielle Williams Lewa Conservancy Four nights at Lewa Safari Camp Richard Buthe Lisa Vogt 12″x20″ glass piece of China Doll “Here’s Looking at You” Lisa Vogt Litiana – David Andrew Hair Studio & Spa haircut Robyn Cole – Genesis Lokey Mercedes Weekend in Mercedes SLK 280 or 350 convertible. Janet Johnston Longhorn Steak House 1 appetizer, 2 entrees, 1 desser, 2 non-alcholic beverages Richard Haydez M & M Plastics Inc 2 sets of 2 Tampa Bay Lightning tickets Ugo Mazzarolo Macaroni Grill 5 $5 gift cards Adam Goldstone Manual Woodworkers & Weavers tiger & cub walling hanging; tiger tote Kaye Yoeman Marie Selby Botanical Gardens 4 tickets Carol Montgomery Marriott Tampa Waterside 2 night stay with breakfast Mary Scott Martie – David Andrew Hair Studio & Spa haircut Robyn Cole – Genesis Mary Loher cayenne candleholders Mary Loher Mary Loher nutmeg candleholders Mary Loher Mary Loher Levenger red leather road scholar wallet Mary Loher Mary Loher 3 Avon vintage pastel gift sets (necklace with matching pierced earrings) Mary Loher Mary Loher 2 serengeti candleholders (lion) Mary Loher Mary Loher 2 serengeti candleholders (leopard) Mary Loher Mary Loher Levenger red leather blink & ink eyeglass case Mary Loher Mary Loher Silver Safekeeper Petite Jewelry Box by Lori Greiner Mary Loher Mary Loher Avon goldtone glittering flower bracelet watch Mary Loher Mary Loher Avon Lucy’s chocolate factory watch Mary Loher Mary Loher Avon sterling silver freshwater pearl ring with porcelain top gift box – size 5 Mary Loher Mary Loher Avon Real Collectibles red watch by Adrienne Mary Loher Mary Loher Avon “Holiday Memories” bracelet Mary Loher Mary Loher Avon multi-strand brown seed bead necklace Mary Loher Mary Loher Avon tiger’s eye accented necklace Mary Loher Mary Loher Avon wire pink heart drop pierced earrings in pink heart box Mary Loher Mary Loher Avon “Winter Wonderland” charm bracelet Mary Loher Mary Loher Avon goldtone charming inspirational bracelet Mary Loher Mary Loher Avon tiger’s eye accented chandelier pierced earrings Mary Loher Mary Loher American flag charm 10K Mary Loher Mary Loher Avon Americana star pierced earrings Mary Loher Mary Loher 2 pedicure sets with carrying case Mary Loher Mary Loher Avon shimmering heart November birthstone photo keychain 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Mary Loher Mary Loher Viggo Mortensen signed beanie baby Mary Loher Mary Lou Geis hand created mosaic work of Asian woman holding cat Mary Lou Geis Mary Miller Florida Gator hand knitted hand bag 100% wool Mary Miller Mary Miller tiger color hand bag Mary Miller Massage Envy 1 hour massage Don Blake McDonald’s/Casper Company dinner for 4 Bob Conigliaso Medieval Times 2 adult tickets Medieval Times Melissa Daley week in condo on Indian Rocks Beach Melissa Daley Melissa Leaver eyelash extension application Melissa Leaver Mellow Mushroom 3 gift certificates Greg Warren Melting Pot gift certificate Ann Brooks Men’s Warehouse gift certificate Sandra Koster Michael S McNeill, DVM gift certificate to a teeth whitening system Kim Agresti Michael’s Grill gift certificates Marcella Milillo Mimi’s gift certificates Mimi’s Mise en Place gift certificate for appetizers and wine for six Maryann Feverc Misty – David Andrew Hair Studio & Spa haircut Robyn Cole – Genesis Mitchell’s Fish Market gift card Jennifer Aznavorian Moe’s Southwest Grill gift certificate Moe’s Southwest Grill MOSI 4 admission tickets MOSI Natalie – David Andrew Hair Studio & Spa haircut & blow dry Robyn Cole – Genesis Native Vacations manatee safari for 2 Kim Garcia Nature Coast TravelHost 7 pair admisstion tickets to Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park Diane Bedard Nature Coast TravelHost 10 tickets to Weeki Wachee Springs Diane Bedard Nature Coast TravelHost gift card for Roger’s Christmas House Diane Bedard Nature Coast TravelHost 4 $25 gift certificates for Florida Estates Winery Diane Bedard Nature Coast TravelHost 20 admission tickets to Leepa Rattner Museum of Art Diane Bedard Neiman Marcus cosmetic basket Melissa Coles New Tampa Dance Theatre one month dance lessons & 2 tickets to Nutcracker Dyane Elkins Northwest Hillsborough YMCA 1 year family membership Michael Cosentino Nutrition Smart gift card Nutrition Smart Olive Garden gift cards Darrell Sullivan Olive Garden 4 $5 gift certificates Nicole Duran Outback gift certificate Jennifer Courson Outback gift certificate, wine and glasses Dan Holm Outback gift certificates Dan Holm Outback gift certificate Derek Holcombe Palm Pavilion Restaurant gift certifcate Ken Hamilton Palm Restaurant gift certificate Jeff Hicks Palma Ceia CC Golf foursome at exclusive, private Palma Ceia Country Club. Gil Gonsalves, Head of Golf, thru Marty Schaffel Pampered Chef gift basket Pampered Chef Panera Bread “Free Bread for a Year” gift certificate  (12 free loaves) Erin Oelkers Pangea Organics large skincare gift box Heather Lieder Pangea Organics large bodycare gift box Heather Lieder Pangea Organics small bodycare gift box Heather Lieder Pangea Organics small bodycare gift box Heather Lieder Pangea Organics small bodycare gift box Heather Lieder Paris Day Spa 1 hour Swedish Massage gift certificate Eileen Perez Patricia Massard matted & framed 8×10 of Florida panther by John Flower Patricia Massard Paul Collins – Bo Father 5 autographed copies of “Riding Lessons” by Bo Derek  Rich Reed Peace 4 Paws buy 1 playdate get up to 7 free Lorri Gamba Peace 4 Paws buy 1 playdate get up to 14 free Lorri Gamba Pepin’s Restaurant 2 $25 gift certificates Jim Masaro PF Chang’s 4 certificates for 1 free appetizer Andy Masters Phil Balducci 3days 2 nights  home rental on Anna Maria Island Phil Balducci Photography of Noel 4 luggage tags, key ring, 2 bookmarks, 2 snow globes, 4 magnets Andy Noel Pinellas Animal Hospital shadow a vet for a day Dr. Godfrey and Dr. Elmer Pink Flamingo Café gift certificate Sal or Shelly Pioneer Cleaners, Corp dry cleaning gift certificate Pioneer Cleaners, Corp Pipo’s 2 $25 gift certificates Danny Planet Zoo 3 1000 pc cheetah puzzles, 3  tiger puzzels, 3 tiger journals, 3 tiger stationary  Missy Koke Platinum Hair Salon hair products & gift certificate for color and cut Collen O’Neill Platinum Hair Salon nail products & gift certificate for manicure and predicure Kristen Idocks Pollen Grain Productions collage of 3 4×6 photos of Bengali, Buffy, Nala Honey Wayton Pollen Grain Productions collage of 3 5×7 photos of Bengali & Sundari Honey Wayton Pollen Grain Productions 8×10 framed photo of Rusty Honey Wayton Pollen Grain Productions 8×10 framed photo of Nirvana Honey Wayton Pollen Grain Productions 8×10 framed photo of Banjo Honey Wayton Pollen Grain Productions 20×28 framed photo of Sarabi Honey Wayton Pollen Grain Productions college of 5 3×5 photos of Cameron, Reno, Scratch, Tonga, Little Feather Honey Wayton Pollo Tropical 10 $5 gift certificates Pollo Tropical Press Box gift certificates Walton Hill Prestige gift certificate for red roses in a vase Hillary Folley PRP Wine International 8 bottle of wine tasting for up to 15 people Gianna Rodriguez PRP Wine International 8 bottle of wine tasting for up to 15 people Gianna Rodriguez Publix gift certificate Shannon Patten Quorum Hotel 3 day/2 night stay Staci Benge Radisson Clearwater Central 2 night stay Tina Glinkowski Rainforest Café 3 stuffed tigers Shannon Still Rania – David Andrew Hair Studio & Spa eyebrow wax Robyn Cole – Genesis Regal Foundation 2 movie passes Debbie Robertson Remington’s Steakhouse gift card Glen Renaissance Tampa Hotel 1 night stay Darryl McCarity Renaissance Vinoy Resort and Golf Club Sunday brunch for 2 J M Rivera Rich & Beth Ann Bluder 8×10 framed picture of cheetah cub Rich & Beth Ann Bluder Rich & Beth Ann Bluder framed picture of 2 cheetah cubs Rich & Beth Ann Bluder Robin Macar custom made tiger and leopard theme beaded necklace Robin Macar Rompin Rovers doggie gift basket with treats, toys, basic puppy class or 4 days doggie day care Honey Wayton Roy’s dinner for 2 gift certificate Robert Snow Rusty Pelican gift certificate Michael Gorecki Ruth Eckerd Hall 2 tickets to Peter White Christmas Jennifer Gulick Safety Harbor Resort & Spa half day spa package for one Jean Barraclough Salon de J gift certificate for salon services Jose Hernandez Salvador Dali Museum 2 admission passes Kathy White Sam Seltzer’s Steakhouse gift certificate Sam Seltzer’s Steakhouse Samantha Churchill painting of snow leopard Samantha Churchill Sandra Williams  “Happy Face” Persian leopard print Sandra Williams  Sarasota Jungle Gardens 2 adult and 2 child passes Chris Costanzo Schoenfeld Theatre Chorus Line Signed playbill Schoenfeld Theatre Sea Sea Riders Restaurant 2 $20 gift certificate and 2 logo shirts Sylvia Tzekas Sea World 2 tickets Sea World Selena – David Andrew Hair Studio & Spa haircut Robyn Cole – Genesis Serenity Salon & Spa gift certificate Serenity Salon & Spa Sheldegren Kennels 3 night stay and a bath Mary Ann Shelley Lampman serval print Shelley Lampman Sheraton Safari Hotel and Suites 2 night stay Barbara Anderson Sherry Levesque round leopard print pillow Sherry Levesque Sherry Levesque leopard print neckroll Sherry Levesque Sherry Levesque leopard print throw Sherry Levesque Sherry Levesque leopard print pillow Sherry Levesque Sherry Levesque tiger print pillow Sherry Levesque Side Splitters Comedy Club 2 party passes Bridgette Martin Silver Springs 2 admission tickets Carol Lambert Sirata Beach Resort 2 night stay and dinner for 2 Lenne Nicklaus-Ball Skin Deep Spatique 2 leopard wine glasses,drink mixers, wine stopper, koozie, pepper spray, candle Michelle Sleuth’s Mystery Dinner Shows dinner show for 2 Paula Guida Smokey Bones gift card Smokey Bones Snook Z Graphics tiger platter & $50 gift certiificate to Practifally Pikasso Kathy Taylor Zimmerman Snow Leopard Trust hand made felted sheep wool rug from Mangolia with a snow leopard plush Gina Robertson Social Miami at Sagamore dinner for 4 Thomas Wright Soul-Be-It 1 hour animal communication Laura Lluellyn-Lassiter Spagetti Warehouse gift certificate – 2 dinners & drinks Tia Cropper Spitsville gift certificate Rachael Morris Splash! An Ocan Grill gift certificates Chip Roehl Splash! An Ocan Grill 4 $25 gift certificate Splash! An Ocan Grill Sports Authority 1 dozen golf balls Tom Hildebrand Sprint cell phone controllable Sprint RC car Sprint St Petersburg Little Theatre 4 show vouchers Deborah Kelley St Petersburg Little Theatre 4 two for one vouchers Deborah Kelley Staples 2 Pine desks Dennis Staples Mission desk Dennis Staples 3 Mission nesting tables Dennis Staples Newberry Cablinet Dennis Staples gift card Dennis Starbucks 3 gift bags at $30 each Jill Sarnell Starbucks coffee gift basket Betsy Harper Steinmart leopard print jacket size small Steinmart Stone Chase gift certificate Stone Chase Stonewood Grill & Tavern 3 $25 gift certificates Stonewood Grill & Tavern Sunken Gardens 4 admission tickets Sarah Woosley Susan Laura Howell 4 $70 gift certificates for a massage Susan Laura Howell Sutherland Crossing Resort one week stay Laurie Meier Sweet Tomatoes  2 gift certificates Sweet Tomatoes  Sweetbay gift certificate Perry Cravatta Sweetbay gift card Patrick Atkinson T&D Golf Stores Paragon brand putter Ben Smith T&D Golf Stores Mercedes Golf brand pitching wedge Ben Smith Tampa Airport Marriott 1 night weekend stay Scott Fink Tampa Ale House gift certificate Mark Tampa Bay Devil Rays 4 outfield tickets Cherie Lewison Tampa Bay Orchid Society 2 orchids Cynthia Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center 2 tickets Radio City Christmas Spectacular & dinner for 2  Maestro’s  Tara McNamara Tampa Improv 18 VIP passes; each pass admits 2 guests JP Quinton Scott Tampa Improv 8 tickets Jennifer Hensleigh Tampa Museum of Art 4 admission tickets Renee Rivas Tampa Theatre 6 complimentry admission tickets Kelly Prata Terry Guy LMT 80 minute massage Terry TGI Fridays 5 appetizer/dessert coupons; 1 dessert coupon Samantha Gause TGI Fridays gift certificate – 2 appetizers TGI Fridays TGI Fridays dessert basket Frank Demark The Bowen Family US Civil War Enfield Saber Bayonet Lisa Bowen The Laughing Cat gift certificate Franco or Jerry The Lure Doctor plaque The Lure Doctor Thomas Kinkade mug, coaster and note set Kathy Rinaldi Tigerpixie Art Studio tiger print and notecard set Carrie Hawks Tijuana Flats gift certificate Chris Hogrebe Tina Jacobs beauty products from Avon Tina Jacobs Tinatapa’s gift certificate Tiffany Davies Tom Moore Chevrolet one free oil chainge Nettia Oliver TPC Tampa Bay foursome for golf; winner must pay cart fees of $32.10 Brady Boyd / Marty Schaffel TREEMART Inc 15 gallon tree Scott Bailey Tuesday Morning still life oil painting Errol Tuesday Morning beach scene oil painting Errol Universal Business Systems 2 Lightning tickets Universal Business Systems Up The Creek gift certificate Joanie Jadlowski Valencia Garden gift certificate Sarah Val’s Basket Warehouse fall arrangement – scarecrow on hay bale Val’s Basket Warehouse Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall 2 tickets for Marvin Hamlisch Meghan Ryan Vickie Richard Pampered Chef gift basket Vickie Richard Visual Eyes t-shirts – 1 jaguar  tee, 1 snow leopard tee, 1 lion tee, and 1 tiger tee Visual Eyes Wasabi Japanese Steak and Sushi gift certificate Jody Kabler Weeki Wachee Springs 2 admission tickets John Athanason Wentworth Golf Club golf foursome Jimmy Lynn & Frank Dickson Westchase Golf Course golf foursome Clay Thomas WestFetch gift certificate Craig Muniz Westfield Shopping Town gift card Taylor Clifton Westshore Pizza 6 $15 gift certificates Westshore Pizza Whiskey Park 4 $25 gift certificates good at Whiskey Soho, Whiskey North, or Hyde Park Café Armando – thru Rich Reed Wilke Art framed picture of BCR bobcat Pat Wilke Williams-Sonoma cooking class Thomas Cox Wine Exchange gift certificate Michelle Murphy Wine Warehouse of Palm Harbor wine gift basket Jacquie Man World of Beer gift certificate and glasses Scott Zepp Wrights Gourmet 2 lunch for 2 certificates Jeffrey Mount

 

 

 

 

Things that we heard over and over from countless people were:

“You guys really know how to throw a party!”

“This is so much fun!  I am crying at the stories of the cats, but just can’t stop dancing!” (The cats stories and photos rotated all night on a 12 foot, 6 foot and 2 foot screen in different rooms)

“Most fun event I’ve attended all year!”

Big Cat Rescue is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. The sanctuary provides a permanent home for unwanted, abused and neglected exotic cats.  Lions, Tigers, Leopards, Bobcats and more reside at the 45 acre Citrus Park refuge located just across the street from the Westfield Shopping Town. The Fur Ball is an annual event to raise funds for the close to 140 cats in our care.

 

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