Rockin’ The Ruff
When I say how we rocked the ruff I mean myself, my fabulous friend Pam Webb, and a whole other host of generous, caring, animal lovers. Less than two months ago Rockin’ The Ruff golf and social event for animal rescue was simply an idea. Fast forward six weeks from that date and it was a reality. Pam and I simply love animals and care deeply about the welfare of animals. We’ve both been raising funds through our events for years and Rockin’ The Ruff was our first collaboration. The event was produced by our own companies Rockin’ 4 Rescues and Vegas Rock Dog™ Neither Pam nor I are scared of hard work and that’s exactly what we did for six weeks straight…we both had messy houses, our fridges were empty, we had more meetings than ever thought possible in such a short period of time, and we clocked a lot of miles on our vehicles. Event planning and execution are not for the faint of heart, you must have a plan, and a great system to track every sponsor, donation, and ticket sale. It’s important that you deliver what you promise and thank each and every single person and business that supported you in your event becoming a reality. This blog post is just that…a heartfelt thank you for some of the most amazing people we know and some who have now become our friends.
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Sponsors ~ Sponsors make all the difference in an event and we’d to thank the following people and businesses. Palm Mortuary, Kathy and Craig Patterson of Barking Dogs LV, Dr Pepper, Carls Jr of Las Vegas, Dr Rosalynd Altorre D.M.D. and Dr Steven W. Hall D.D.S., House of Blues, Nyzmes, Alaska’s Bakery, ICJUK, Judge Stephanie Miley, Cindy Lake, Let’s Join Paws, Land Rover, and BMW Motorbikes.
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Silent Auction Donors ~ Our silent auction was outstanding with a real rock ‘n’ roll flair. We’d like to thank Eddie and Pam for the Robbie Krieger ~ The Doors signed guitar, and signed photos from Ozzy Osbourne, Meatloaf, Journey, Def Leppard, Kim Coates (Tig Sons of Anarchy), and Slash. Other auction items included signed photos from baseball legend Pete Rose, custom bust by artist Tommy Vinci, Jack the Dog sculpture donated by Clay of the San Miguel Trading Company, GoLow Golf for the golf lessons from Dorothy at GoLow Golf, Greg Maddux signed baseball, coffee machine from the Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf, and the bespoke dog bed from Joni Asklerad at Lulu’s Doggy Salon and Spaw.
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Raffle, Swag Bag, Step and Repeat, Dessert and Wine Donors ~ Our raffle was chock full of goodies to be won and the swag bags were unlike any other. Our swag bags were filled to the brim. We’d like to thank Dawn Tuer and Lynn Weber of Lacquered Up Nail Lounge, Sandy Dillion of Dogs ID Tagged, Hannah Easley of Vanity Body Sculpting, of Cathi Rickly of Safe Scents 4 You, Flightlinez Zipline Adventures, and Vinnie Favorito, Mac King, Adam London, Anthony Cools for Las Vegas show tickets. Pet Safe, Vegas Rock Dog, Rockin’ 4 Rescues, Carls Jr of Las Vegas, Honest Kitchen, When Pooch Comes To Shove, Las Vegas Pet Scene Magazine, Alaska’s Bakery, Fido Biotics, Nzymes, Las Vegas Golf and Leisure, Palm Beach Tan, Modern Dog Magazine, Land Rover, The Birthday Suite, Geraldine’s Macarons, Dachshund Wine, Wrap Masters, Let’s Join Paws, My Big Blonde Life, Regina Harmon of SNV Beagle Rescue, Susan ‘Mouse’ Crow, Geralynn of GC Unleashed, Jenny Lynn Nelson of Liquid Salon, Altitude Printing Company, Rock ‘n’ Roll Realtor, and Marcia Swidarski of Fast Frame Las Vegas.
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Performers ~ The highlight of the social event were the performers. Many thanks to Mark Giovi, Jeff Young and Sherri, Jasmine Trias, Ben Stone, and Geechy Guy. It was an honour to have such a high calibre of performers grace our event with their exceptional talents.
Photography ~ Ira and Marie Kuzma of Ira Kuzma Photos. Many thanks to Ira and Maria for the wonderful photography and being such big supporters of many charities.
Sound ~ Thank you to Bill and Linda Evans of The Rev It Up Band and Live 2 Play magazine. They donated the entire PA system to our event.
Spanish Trail ~ Spanish Trail Country Club Thank you for co-sponsoring our event. The venue was simply beautiful.
Bloggers ~ Cheryl Prater of Cheryl Speaks, Elizabeth Parker of Elizabeth Parker Books
Support Friends ~ Special thanks go out to old and new friends for working behind the scenes and on event day. We value their time, skills, and support and friendship as they help us make the event become the success that it was. Ron Gad, Jan Engle, Lynn Weber, Dawn Tuer, Amy Rouse, Cheryl Prater, Andi Dupper, Renae Egan, Sam Raymond, Lisa Amador, Marnie of Altitude Printing, Piper Bell and her father Tony Williams.
Husbands ~ Only our husbands can truly tell you how driven we were to make this event as fabulous as we possibly could. They were not only our greatest supporters but they were rockstars themselves when it came to securing auction items, raffle prizes, typing up creative pieces for the auction items, lifting, carrying, loading, stuffing swag bags, running sound, hosting, and most importantly just believing in us.
Winners ~ Congratulations to the golf, raffle, and silent auction winners.
Quotes ~ Thank you to the attendees who gave us their quotes about the event.
“Such an awesome event. So happy to be a part of it!” ~ Jessica P.
“What an amazing event!! From the chic and delicious food to the inspired and fitting entertainment, everything was a delight! Who doesn’t want to have fun and raise money for a great cause at the same time? Can’t wait to go again next year!” ~ Hannah E.
“Saturday, I had the opportunity to attend an amazing event here in Las Vegas called Rockin’ The Ruff -a fundraiser for dogs- held by Vegas Rock Dog and Rockin’ 4 Rescues-benefiting four different rescue groups. It was an all day event starting with golf for those who play and later, a social event for those who enjoy mingling, relaxing and good company. For the golfers, the morning weather held up beautifully and for the social event, participants enjoyed a fantastic lunch and delicious dessert all while watching the talented entertainment-including Ben Stone, Jasmine Trias, Geechy Guy, Mark Giovi, Jeff Young and Sherri Klein. Swag bags with a variety of goodies were distributed to those who attended, including treats and other items for dogs. Humans also got to enjoy some exciting items such as free concert tickets and other fun gifts, making the event well worth the inexpensive price. To add to the fun, auction items from many popular bands and artists were bid upon, and let’s not forget the amazing raffles and prizes. If the fundraiser is held again next year, it’s worth it to go- an afternoon of fun in a room filled with people that have the same goal in mind- dog rescue.” Elizabeth P.
Look out for our announcement regarding next year’s event! We’ll rock it again for rescues.