Saving Grace

Saving Grace Animal Society is putting on a Booze Survivor event during the month of May

The organization has had to be creative in order to find fundraising events due to the pandemic

By Sarah Baker

Saving Grace Animal Society is hosting a fundraising event called ‘Saving Grace Booze Survivor’ in May.

It has been a year since the organization has done an event like this, said Development Director Amanda McClughan.

“We felt it was time to bring it back. It’s fun to do.”

The way the event works is once all the registrations are in the game begins and players get eliminated in a random draw starting on May 10th.

“A percentage of names are drawn each day and the last person standing is the winner for their team,” said McClughan.

All funds from the event will go towards the organization’s medical bills.

“In the last month donations have been down, but our medical bills have been up.”

Saving Grace houses a shelter in Alix as well as running an off-site sanctuary for farm animals with no place to go and normally hosts numerous fundraising events throughout the year, working off of an entirely donation-based operating budget.

Saving Grace has also successfully adopted out over 1,000 dogs, organized and completed nine major rescue missions (each bringing over 100 animals into care) and made forever homes at the Sanctuary for 18 farm animals to date, noted the web site.

“The Society works with phenomenal trainers and veterinary staff who devote their time to rehabilitate animals in care, ensuring those ‘unplaceable’ animals receive their own ‘saving grace’ with a chance at a new home and a life filled with love.”

Meanwhile, the response towards the Saving Grace Booze Survivor has been great, she said.

“We are about 25 per cent of the way to our goal of sign-ups and we always find many people sign up at the last minute, so we are hopeful to reach our goal.”

The organization has had to be creative in order to find possible events this year due to the pandemic.

“Without being able to do in-person events we’ve really had to go back to the drawing board.”

Saving Grace has still been able to have good success with recent fundraisers including online auctions, 50/50’s, and they expect this event to go well to.

“We have a really amazing group of supporters, so we expect this fundraiser to go great.”

The Saving Grace Booze Survivor will be a five-day event broadcasted live over Facebook and is being managed by Assistant Development Director Mattie Dewald.

People can sign up on Saving Grace’s web site or go to one of the participating locations including Hammy’s Spirits in Ponoka, Blindman Brewing in Lacombe, 5 0’Clock Somewhere in Clive, Diamond Liquor in Blackfalds, and #9, 5935 63rd St. which is a home address in Red Deer.

Additionally, people can choose the 35-dollar option on the web site and the organization will shop for them.

Registration lasts from now until May 5th.