FieldHaven fundraiser a success, nearly $100k raised

By: Steve Archer, Reporter
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Classics, Cats and Cabernet, a fundraiser held June 13 for FieldHaven Feline Center in Lincoln, was successful for the seventh consecutive year, according to Joy Smith, the center’s co-founder.

Smith co-founded the cat rescue center along with her sister, Jann Flanagan, in 2003.

“The event was a sell-out and attendance was between 430 and 450 people,” Smith said. “And, although we are still counting, we raised somewhere around $95,000.”

In addition to ticket sales, the event raised money through both a live auction and a silent auction.

Kitty O’Neal of radio station KFBK was the master of ceremonies and David Sobon was the auctioneer for the 20 live-auction items.

“During the live auction, the trip to Africa did well, as did the horseback-riding trip and the vintage trailer,” Smith said. “In the middle of the live auction, we stopped and, just by asking people, raised $10,000 in five minutes.”

Support for FieldHaven goes to caring for cats and kittens while they wait for adoption.

“We are proud,” Smith said. “We’ve spayed and neutered a lot of community cats in nine years.”

Smith said planning Classics, Cats and Cabernet “involves a lot of people.

“There more than 70 volunteers and they were all crucial to the event,” Smith said. “Also, our event planner Rochelle Barcellona.”

And are there plans for another Classics, Cats and Cabernet?

“Oh yes,” said Smith, “we plan to have an eighth year.

The fundraiser included a dinner prepared by Capital Dime, beer and wine tasting, sangria snow cones, Cat-on-a-hot-tin-roof ice cream sundaes and iced coffee from Roger’s Family Coffee. There were also classic cars on display from the Rods and Relics of Lincoln Hills car club.

FieldHaven is located on a private horse ranch in the rural area of Lincoln.