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The ninth annual Meow & Chow, which took place Oct. 27, raised $9,000 for Lincoln Animal Ambassadors and The Cat House.

Numerous businesses and individuals donated food and prizes. Attendees dined on a selection of 18 soups, a dozen breads and several desserts. About 100 prizes were won through numerous bingo games and raffle drawings. In addition, 75 people won M&M bags of various sizes.

Nature’s Variety sponsored the fundraiser, and the Center for People in Need offered the venue space. Also invaluable were 50 volunteers working behind the scenes.

Two hundred diners showed support by attending the event and buying raffle tickets.

One long-time attendee said she came to support a good cause and to reconnect with people in animal welfare. She always looks forward to trying a variety of soups.

After the meal, TCH volunteers Wayne and April Skoda called several games of bingo. Another long-time attendee said she appreciated that LAA and TCH services benefit the whole Lincoln community.

The evening culminated in a raffle that featured an iPad, $250 Target gift card, Husker football tickets for the Illinois game, and two Cat House embroidered red fleece jackets.

New this year, 12 diners entered the Halloween costume contest. The three top winners received raffle tickets and an assortment of other prizes. The winning couple dressed as Superman and Wonder Woman. Unfortunately, Superman joked that his kryptonite necklace may have caused them some advanced aging.

Both Lincoln Animal Ambassadors and The Cat House are volunteer-run, and proceeds from Meow & Chow go toward their operating expenses. LAA addresses the root causes of animal homelessness in Lancaster County through a voucher-based, low-cost spay/neuter program, an income-based pet food bank and humane education. TCH is a no-kill shelter and adoption facility for cats in the Lincoln area. The group also runs a trap/neuter/return program for feral cats.

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