Fur Ball in St. Pete Times
Amy Scherzer’s diary
By AMY SCHERZER, Times Staff Writer
Published October 20, 2006
Warm fuzzy feelings for exotic felines pervaded the seventh annual Fur Ball benefit for Big Cat Rescue. Pith hats and painted whiskers, animal prints and traditional tuxedoes turned A La Carte Pavilion into a costume contest jungle. Finalists included Steve Carter in a Detroit Tigers uniform and Casey McCarthy, who won a week in a Pennsylvania mountain resort.
Nearly 600 guests dipped into chocolate fountains, danced to the Wholly Cats band and joined Jana Broder’s tribal drumming circle. Magic 94.9 deejays Chadd and Kristi Thomas got bidders purring over three trips in the live auction. No silent auction, but plenty of gifts and certificates sold at significant discount.
Friday the 13th proved lucky for players at the slots and 50 casino tables. Winners cashed in chips for raffle tickets to win a trip to Kenya or use of a Jaguar for a month. The kind with four wheels, not four legs.
Big Cat Rescue advisory board chairman Howard Baskin expects the ball to net $50,000. Founder Carole Baskin singled out Candace Barbara as the biggest donor of the year.
For the cats,
Carole Baskin, CEO of Big Cat Rescue
an Educational Sanctuary home
to more than 100 big cats
12802 Easy Street Tampa, FL 33625
813.493.4564 fax 885.4457
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