BY HEATHER DOWDY
It's hard to believe that it was a decade ago when animal advocate Kim Sullivan and I sat in my East Nashville living room and first brainstormed the idea of Art for Animals. Both of us art lovers, we wanted to create a fundraiser that would showcase and support local artists as well as help fund vital spay and neuter efforts in our community.
Our first event was a small endeavor at a local gallery with about 70 guests, but it struck a chord. With every passing year, the event continued to outgrow galleries and venues. The silent auction tripled in size, and more and more artists came on board to showcase in our live art auction. In 2013, Mike Wolfe--star of the television show American Pickers--helped us grow the attendance to over 500 at The Factory at Franklin. Over the years, it has benefitted a variety of spay and neuter programs.
A few years ago, I decided to gift this event to our friends at Pet Community Center, an East Nashville based nonprofit organization that is doing some of the most incredibly important work in the greater Nashville area. From their low-cost, high-quality spay and neuter clinic and their Community Cats trap-neuter-return program, to their Pets for Life program and Mobile Wellness Clinic that assists pets and people living in poverty, Pet Community Center is making a tremendous positive impact on Middle Tennessee.
Their outstanding organization has continued to grow Art for Animals as their biggest fundraiser of the year, while Nashville Paw magazine remains a proud partner in promoting and advertising the event. And this year is certain to be the biggest and best one yet!
The big 10th anniversary of Art for Animals is set for 6:30pm on Saturday, May 6 at The Factory at Franklin, and you don't want to miss it! This year, we change the format of the event to a seated dinner option, while keeping all of your favorite parts of the fundraiser.
General admission ($75) enjoys table seating, dinner and an open bar of wine, beer, and signature cocktails. Or, choose a Patron Level ticket ($125) to add on a pre-event champagne reception at MAFIAoZA’S inside The Factory, as well as premium table seating close to the stage, entertainment, and all the action. It also includes a scheduled private tour of the Pet Community Center clinic at a later date.
Want to bring friends? Book a reserved table of eight: Patron Tables are $1,000 and general admission tables are $800.
The menu will be prepared by Flavor Catering (pictured below) and offers a variety of dietary options, including vegetarian/vegan.
As always, there will be a great live art auction hosted by our fabulous emcee Chris Rayman, and a sprawling silent auction of art, handmade goods, gift certificates and more. Local sponsor tables, a fun photo booth and other activities round out the festivities.
And, new this year: even if you cannot attend Art for Animals, you can still browse and bid on silent auction items to support the cause! You can register to bid live online here.
Pictured Above: Silent auction items include a Men's Gift Set from MoonDog Handmade Goods and an Apothecary Set from Double N Urban Farm & Apothecary, plus artwork, gift certificates, jewelry and so much more.
Get your tickets now and plan on joining us for an evening of art, wine, food and fun!
Art for Animals is presented by Mars Petcare US, and we thank them for their valuable support in making this fundraiser possible.
Tickets available through April 26 at nashvilleartforanimals.com. Reservations are required and seats are limited, so be sure to reserve your seats today!