To the editor
Thank you hardly seems adequate for all that Pam Walker and Diane Lampitt did to make the C.A.T.S. fund-raiser such a huge success. Without their efforts coordinating all that went on - in spite of the day - beginning with strong winds and chilly temperatures, it turned out to be a fun-filled day for all.
We had a delicious breakfast of biscuits and gravy, scrambled eggs, home fried potatoes, juice, coffee and muffins served by Pam and Kaitlin Smith. A silent auction was coordinated by Sue Quattro - aside from the larger items donated many miscellaneous items were donated, which enabled Sue and her sister Deb Ianucci to create several beautiful gif baskets for the silent auction. Pam's daughter, Erica Murray, offered manicures for a donation, which was a nice way to pamper one's self. Pam's other daughter; Kill Larson, offered a delicious assortment of pastries for a donation as well.
The following businesses that supported the fund-raiser were Winn-Dixie, Tarpon Lodge, Barnacle Phil's, The Waterfront, Earth and Spirit Garden, Lazy Flamingo, Four Winds Marina, Doc Watson Liquors, Tropical Star, Island Grill, Naples Cigar Bar and Sarah Hyde Pet Sitting. Others that donated items for the silent auction or gave their time as volunteers were Sherrie Phillips, Angela Aradia, Luretta Williams Smith, Deb Luden, JD and Gina Hollaway and the boys, Sally Braund, Barb Darling, Lisa Worthington, Dorothy Lampitt and Kathy Gelanos.
I also received personal checks from JD Hollaway and family, Diane Collins, Judy and Ed Knez, Harry and Carol Erbe, Rita Davis and DG's Hardware.
To all of you that came out and donated to this cause, I thank you from the bottom of my heart! Because of your continued support and this current event, I am able to help the strays that have been abandoned by irresponsible individuals. My purpose is to prevent the breeding process of these poor animals on the island and provide them with any medical care they may need. This runs anywhere from $47 and up per cat depending on their needs. Thanks to the support of the community, the care and concern of individuals, I am able to do this. To date I have taken care of 341 cats on the island and as long as there is a need, I have no intentions of stopping.
Please call me if you have stray cats running around your area, and you are willing to provide food, water and some type of shelter for them. I will pick them up, take them in to the clinic to be spayed/neutered, shots, flea and worm treatment, then bring them back to your area. They will be tested for leukemia and feline aids. Should they come up positive, they will be humanely euthanized. Of the 341 cats I've cared for, 31 have had leukemia or aids, so they both exist on the island. I can be reached at 239-464-3456.
A very special thank you goes to Diane and Scott Lampitt who so graciously offered the Earth and Sprit grounds for the event.
Again many thanks to all.