High fives – er, paws – all around for Spay-ghetti fundraiser

 Event nets more than $1,700

Kevin Spradlin | PeeDeePost.com Chad Marcengill provided live music for the dozens of people who ate at the Spay-ghetti dinner.

Kevin Spradlin | PeeDeePost.com
Chad Marcengill provided live music for the dozens of people who ate at the Spay-ghetti dinner.

By MacKenzie Spradlin
PeeDeePost.com

HAMLET —Give a paw to the Richmond County Animal Advocates.

The RCAA reached out to to solicit donations for the inaugural Spay-ghetti dinner at Cafe on Main in Hamlet. Restaurant owner Amy Guinn rented out the facility to the nonprofit organization in order to allow RCAA volunteers to serve a variety of pasta dishes, salad, water and sweet tea to paying customers.

Kevin Spradlin | PeeDeePost.com Allison Sweatt, of Richmond County Animal Advocates (left), and Amy Guinn, of Cafe on Main, sort raffle items during the inaugural Spay-ghetti dinner Saturday in Hamlet.

Kevin Spradlin | PeeDeePost.com
Allison Sweatt, of Richmond County Animal Advocates (left), and Amy Guinn, of Cafe on Main, sort raffle items during the inaugural Spay-ghetti dinner Saturday in Hamlet.

“We wanted to do something in Hamlet,” Guinn said. “We also wanted to (attract) more people to Cafe on Main.”

Allison Sweatt, RCAA president, said Hamlet was an ideal location to host the event and Cafe on Main was an avid RCAA supporter.

“Recently there’s been a lot o negative news about Hamlet,” said Sweatt, who lives in Hamlet. “We wanted to bring positivity to Main Street.”

Sweatt was pleased with the turnout, as approximately 120 tickets were sold at $10 apiece. There were two dine-in sessions, one from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and another from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Others ordered their meals to go.

“This was the first time we’ve ever done something like this,” Sweatt said.

And the outreach effort was more than about raising dollars that are used to spay and neuter animals, rehome them and provide veterinary assistance. Sweatt said the event was an ideal place to meet like-minded individuals and possibly recruit more help.

Kevin Spradlin | PeeDeePost.com Members of Wheels 4 Paws supported the Richmond County Animal Advocates Spay-ghetti dinner Saturday in Hamlet.

Kevin Spradlin | PeeDeePost.com
Members of Wheels 4 Paws supported the Richmond County Animal Advocates Spay-ghetti dinner Saturday in Hamlet.

“Volunteers are needed,” she said.

Sweatt said volunteers can be as young as 10 years old. They can help out in a wide variety of ways.

The event was supported by individuals from throughout Richmond County, as well as volunteers with Wheels 4 Paws 4 Ever Homes.

 

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