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Lincoln Animal Ambassadors' annual "Spay-ghetti and No Balls" fundraiser will return at 6 p.m. Saturday, March 30, at the Unitarian Church, 6300 A St. You won’t want to miss the evening of food, special speaker and dessert auction.

Dinner will include salad, spaghetti and bread sticks. Meatballs can be purchased for an extra cost of $5 for three. Wine will be available by the glass and beer by the bottle.

An Animal Control representative will give attendees insight into the workings of that department. Tom Basset will return to host the dessert auction, featuring treats from several local businesses and bakeries.

Several years ago, LAA was looking for a different type of fundraiser. LAA President Mary Douglas had seen online information from groups in other states that had held Spay-ghetti and No Balls dinners. LAA added its own touches by including table sponsors and a dessert auction.

“Attendees love the name of the event and also love the dessert auction,” said Douglas. “Desserts are all donated by local bakeries, and the auction itself is fun and entertaining. Some people pool their money for desserts and share them with their table.”

Admission is $25; seating is limited. Tickets can be purchased at LincolnAnimalAmbassadors.org/snb or reserved by calling 402-817-1168 or emailing info@lincolnanimalambassadors.org. Tickets can also be purchased at the door at the time of the event.

Your support of LAA fundraisers will help this nonprofit continue its efforts to curb pet overpopulation through low-cost spay/neuter and a pet food bank. The average cost of spaying an animal is less than one-tenth the cost for caring for a homeless pet while it awaits placement in a loving home. As of the end of February, LAA had completed over 3,000 total spay/neuters.

Pet food banks help relieve the stress of owners who can’t provide for their pets. Pet food banks also reduce the number of pets that are taken to already overcrowded shelters. In 2018 alone, LAA’s pet food bank helped 330 families.

LAA addresses the root causes of animal homelessness in the Lancaster area by helping pets and their people through a voucher-based, low-cost spay/neuter program, a low-cost vaccination clinic and an income-based pet food bank. LAA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, all-volunteer organization funded entirely by donations and fundraisers.

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L Magazine editor

Mark Schwaninger is L magazine and Neighborhood Extra editor.

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