Helen Woodward Animal Center Spring Fling Gala raises record amount


Helen Woodward Animal Center held its 30th annual Spring Fling Gala, “Moonlight Masquerade,” June 2 at the Fairbanks Village Plaza in Rancho Santa Fe. Thanks to a matching grant from the Halicioglu Family Foundation, the event hit a record, bringing in a total of approximately $920,000 donated to support the pets and the programs at Helen Woodward Animal Center, according to a news release.

When the “live” auctions began, gala attendees demonstrated their sincere belief in the cause. It was the Fund-an-Item Programs that received the highest bids of the evening. Chain restaurant operator and partner at Paradigm Investment Group LLC, Dan Shea, along with Lucky Duck Foundation, supported the Pets Without Walls Program with a $100,000 donation ($121,250 total program donations raised for the evening). The Center’s Adoptions Emergency Medical Care Program Fund-a-Need also received a collective total of $75,250.

All profits from the gala raised support the pets and programs at Helen Woodward Animal Center.

“This event touches me every year,” stated Helen Woodward Animal Center President and CEO Mike Arms. “Every contributor, from the guests to the restaurants to the sponsors and donors, come together for the purpose of changing the world for orphan pets. It’s a truly wonderful night.”

The event included great food, beverages, live entertainment, a silent auction, and more. Visit