Great Fur Ball coverage in St. Pete Times

Fur Ball Big Cat Rescue supporters drummed up warm and fuzzy feelings for the care and protection of 135 lions, tigers, jaguars and other exotic felines at its annual Fur Ball. Jana Broder's thundering drum circle set the beat for 600 whiskered and tailed guests Oct. 10. Top cat donors included Tom Mitchell, who bid $8,000 for an African safari; Michael Jamison won the Thailand trip for $7,500; and Lance and Karyn Ringhaver paid $2,350 to drive a new Jaguar XF for one month. Playing Wheel of Fur-tune to win two Rolexes donated by Avant-Gold Jewelers also helped the $150-ticket event raise about $80,000.

The night's celebrities included volunteer of the year Becky Gagliardo, honored with the Neumann Award, and costume contest winners Roger and Wilhelmina Hopper of New Port Richey, who won a Poconos vacation package. A La Carte Pavilion served a choice of cod or hummus cakes, plus tastings of three cakes competing in the King of Feasts bake-off. The winner: Cakes Plus.

Big Cat Rescue's hunky director of operations Scott Lope brandished chains that once held the rescue's lioness Sasha and vowed, "Never again." Look for Lope offering his expertise on three channels this month. Watch him Oct. 26 on Predator Instinct, which he filmed in South Africa for the Discovery Channel. And catch him on Animal Planet's Untamed and Uncut and the History Channel's MonsterQuest.

http://www.tampabay.com/news/humaninterest/article856265.ece


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