It’s fundraising with a twist.
“It’s a battle against hunger. Come help support your local community and come support the charity that you care for the most,” said Lynne Darling with the Patawa Club.
The battle is between the Bangor Humane Society and Good Shepherd Food Bank… refereed by the Patawa Club.
“I don’t think people actually realize that we have to purchase food to keep up with the increase in the need that we’re seeing,” said Melissa Huston with Good Shepherd Food Bank.
In 2012, the food bank gave out more than 14 million pounds of food to Mainers. And an average of 5,000 animals find shelter at the humane society every year.
“One dollar allows us to distribute four meals, so that’s quite a bargain,” said Huston.
The Patawa Club didn’t like the idea of some people having to choose between feeding themselves or their pets.
“Well we thought a little competition would be healthy and some of us are very passionate about feeding the community and then others of us are very passionate about the animals,” said Darling.
The club is hosting a “night out” where the people who come will give their tickets to the humane society or the food bank, and the organization with the most will get more of the proceeds.
“So we just thought that we’d kind of battle them against each other and try to get some local charities involved in helping raise some money for them,” Darling explained.
And while you’re at it, you can have some fun.
“You can get chair massages as well as sample some local beer and wine.”
In the end, both charities will get generous donations.
“We’ll see who wins, man or man’s best friend.”
The night out with Patawa is this Saturday, November 2nd at Anthony John’s Day Spa from 7:00pm to 9:00pm. Tickets are $25 at the door, $20 if you bring a canned food item for pets or humans.
Tickets can be purchased at Anthony John’s or the State Street Wine Cellar in Bangor.