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Dogs invite you Down the Rabbit Hole this Spring Fling

Attend the annual Spring Fling with HWAC and head down the rabbit hole.
Attend the annual Spring Fling with HWAC and head down the rabbit hole.
Helen Woodward Animal Center

Can you believe that it is getting to be that time of year again; time for Helen Woodward Animal Center’s 26th Annual Spring Fling Gala? Well, it is! So mark your calendars for Saturday, June 7th and plan to head “Down the Rabbit Hole” into a Wonderland of fine foods, great music and exclusive auction items! The adventure will begin at 5:30 p.m. and go until midnight and take place at Fairbanks Village Plaza in Rancho Santa Fe, California, and will be emceed by KUSI’s Dave Scott and Jack FM’s Shelly Dunn.

Dogs, did you ask? There will absolutely be dogs in this Wonderland for that is what makes it a Wonderland! At the heart of this gala are the beautiful orphan pets that completely support this fabulous event!

Mark your calendars now so you won’t be late for this very important date! All of the loving folks at Helen Woodward Animal Center (HWAC) are excited about taking you along on their celebration straight down the rabbit hole. They would like to see all animal and party-lovers to be able to take a journey to Wonderland at this year’s 26th Annual Spring Fling Gala that will be presented by EDCO.

The Mad Hatter Fling Committee, headed by Committee Chairs Marlaine Fetzer & Rebecca Vigil, will host this unforgettable black-tie event. This Gala is the Center’s largest fundraiser of the year.

Guests are invited to wear their best “Cheshire Cat” grins as the evening opens with cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, and a silent auction before a dinner of taste-portioned classic and innovative dishes. HWAC’s Spring Fling Gala is known for its five-star dining experience which highlights delectable tastings from San Diego’s top restaurants and features a celebrity judge to determine both the Best Food and Best Décor category. Spring Fling Restaurant Chair Ann Dizney has secured an impressive restaurant lineup including such fine-dining favorites as Searsucker Del Mar, The Fish Market, Casa Sol y Mar, The Melting Pot La Jolla, Truluck's Seafood, Steaks & Crab House, Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse, and Pamplemousse Grille, to name a few.

Once the delectable dinner is finished, guests will have the opportunity to toast one another’s “unbirthdays” with local beer, wine, and spirits. They will also be able to enjoy live entertainment from The Heroes, exciting special guest appearances, mingle with the fuzzy VIPs and participate in a rousing live auction including such exclusive items as a relaxing Hawaiian holiday, a New York City vacation in a sky-high Penthouse boasting an impressive art collection and amazing views of Central Park, VIP concert experiences, and a Colorado adventure that will put them behind the wheels of a tank!

Attendees will also have the opportunity to purchase a raffle ticket for a chance to win one of two extraordinary Wine Cellars (one valued at $1,000 and the other valued at $2,000) including both red and white bottles, each with a 92 point rating or higher.

Tickets to the 26th Annual Spring Fling Gala can be purchased in Silver, Gold and Platinum levels (ranging from $250 - $500 a ticket). There are various special amenities included at each level. Platinum level seating includes a true VIP experience from private dining and bar servers, two bottles of fine wine, a chocolate and port pairing with artisan cheeseboard, priority check-in/out, valet service, a charming Wonderland souvenir and an exclusive VIP gift for each guest.

Sponsorship and auction opportunities are still available. All profits raised support the pets and programs at Helen Woodward Animal Center. For more information or to purchase tickets, contact the White Rabbit at 858-756-4117 x350 or

Don’t miss this great event! Plan now to attend!

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