Amongst the numerous local events that took place over the weekend was the SPCA’s Comedy Cabaret.
The comedy show took place Saturday, April 9th, to raise funds for the animal shelter, and beyond the 2 comedic acts that did their shows, the event featured games and a performance by local band, One Cent Melon.
The fundraiser was held at Rolling Greens Fairways, which was a newly selected venue for the event this year. Organizer, Jon Punshon, says that people liked the new venue.
“The atmosphere was really good. We did end up selling out and the feedback for being at Rolling Greens Fairways was very positive. People liked the smaller, more intimate environment, and the more sort of casual environment of it. Just having, not so much a formal dinner, but where people could still purchase food. But you know, it wasn’t a sit-down, formal, catered meal,” says Punshon, who works at the SPCA as the Director of Operations and Community Relations.
The fundraiser brought in roughly $7,000 for the shelter, to go towards general operating costs.
According to Punshon, the games during the course of the evening were meant to be an interactive way for people to win prizes, rather than simply buying tickets.
Games included a booze barrel raffle, 50/50, Plinko, Beanbag toss, and Pie in the Eye. Punshon reports that the Plinko and Pie in the Eye games were most popular among attendees.
He also says the support from the community, especially in difficult economic times, is very much appreciated by everyone working at the shelter and its animals.