Community Charity Events

Last Saturday, I attended the 2012 Paris Style Charity Fashion Show at the Peppermill, benefitting Nevada Humane Society and the March of Dimes. It was put on by Demetria Lionakis of Stage Life Designs—a local resident and fashion designer who wanted to use her passion to give back to the community. Models lined the runway in locally-designed fashions while two NHS dogs donned their own outfits.

Over the last five years, I have seen the residents and businesses of this community use their skills, talents, and creativity to raise funds for homeless pets. Children and adults alike have forgone birthday and holiday gifts to instead encourage their guests to buy food and supplies for the shelter animals. Service groups have hosted food drives and bake sales. Motorcycle groups have organized charity rides and companies have sent employees to volunteer during work hours. Many different retail stores have given a percentage of sales for select periods of time.

One hair salon in town organized a special day where proceeds from all services were donated to NHS. Howard’s Chevron donated $5 from every smog inspection. Several times a year, Macy’s department store offers Shop for a Cause shopping pass where the charity sells the pass, keeps the proceeds, and the shopper gets great discounts. The Peppermill regularly hosts charity poker tournaments and the El Dorado puts on an annual golf tournament to benefit the animals.

Two more charity events are coming up this next week. On June 19, if you stop and enjoy a meal at Sardina’s Italian Bistro on Longley Lane, you will also feel good because you will be helping homeless pets. Sardina’s is setting aside this day to raise funds for Nevada Humane Society and Community Cats, another animal group that provides low-cost spay/neuter services for feral cats. A portion of all lunch and dinner checks will be donated, so be sure to mention your support to your server.

The following Friday, June 22, 6:00 – 9:00 pm Southern Wine & Spirits and Charlie Palmer restaurant are hosting Shine: Cuisine, Sprits, Fashion with all proceeds benefiting NHS. This is a fabulous and fun event where white attire is required, but casual is fine. The event is at The Beach at Grand Sierra Resort. It’s a trendy food and cocktail party and admission includes a cutting-edge fashion show, heavy appetizers, special cocktails provided by National Champion Master Mixologist Armando Rosario, and adorable, adoptable pets. I attended this last year and it was a great time for all.

The homeless pets would thank this community if they could, but I am happy to do it for them. So thank you one and all for your amazing creativity and loving generosity towards the ever-deserving homeless pets.

Events that Help Homeless Pets. .

SHINE white dress event at The Beach at Grand Sierra Resort on June 22 benefits the animals at Nevada Humane Society. Tickets available at NHS, GSR ticket booth, and at the door. For more details, visit or call 775-856-2000.

CAT MOB at Nevada Humane Society. Pick Your Price for adult cat adoptions and get a free Cat Mob T-shirt. Special adoption fees for adult dogs, too. Located at 2825 Longley Lane in Reno and open 11:00 am to 6:30 pm daily for adoptions (open at 10:00 am on Saturdays). Follow us on Facebook or visit for more information.


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