Lincoln Animal Ambassadors is gearing up for a slew of tabling events and fundraisers between August and October.
Tabling events will include the Dog Bowl, Streets Alive, Christ United Methodist Church Blessing of the Animals, and Project Homeless Connect. Fundraiser events will include Ivanna Cone and Meow and Chow.
DOG BOWL: Sunday, Sept. 2, 5-9 p.m., Pinewood Bowl in Pioneers Park
The Dog Bowl will offer food trucks, craft beer, dog activities, live music and vendors. Proceeds benefit Lincoln's three new public dog runs and improvements at Rickman's Run.
STREETS ALIVE: Sunday, Sept. 2, 1:4:30 p.m., Belmont Neighborhood
Partnership for a Healthy Lincoln brought "Streets Alive!" to Lincoln, starting in 2010 as an annual event. The 2018 Streets Alive! Festival route will be part of the NE150 Challenge. Participants can walk, bike, run or skate through the route as a NE150 Challenge event. Sponsored by the Nebraska Sports Council, the challenge is an event-centric wellness program that tracks and rewards participation in local events.
BLESSING OF THE ANIMALS: Sunday, Sept. 30, 3 p.m. (cats) and 4 p.m. (dogs), Christ United Methodist Church
Blessing of the Animals is a brief worship service that celebrates God’s love for all creation, reminds people to care for the animals in their lives, and offers a special time when pastors bless the pets. It is traditionally celebrated near the Feast Day of St. Francis of Assisi (Oct. 4), the patron saint of animals. Many pet-friendly businesses and nonprofits in Lincoln will attend, including Lincoln Animal Ambassadors, with informational materials.
PROJECT HOMELESS CONNECT: Tuesday, Oct. 16, Pinnacle Bank Arena
Project Homeless Connect is a one-day, one-stop event that unites local organizations, businesses and community volunteers that provide health and human services for the homeless. Volunteers from Lincoln Animal Ambassadors will supply vouchers for low-cost spay/neuter, pet treats, Pet Food Bank information, and assist in minor pet care.
COMMUNITY CONE CARES: starts Aug. 3 and runs throughout the month, Ivanna Cone
As part of its community outreach, Ivanna Cone will create a new ice-cream flavor just for LAA: Animal Chow, a powdered-sugar ice cream with birthday cake puppy chow (Chex cereal coated in white chocolate), white-cake mix and sprinkles. The first batch will be available Friday, Aug. 3. LAA will receive a percentage of the proceeds from all Animal Chow cones sold. On Aug. 28, Ivanna Cone will donate a percentage of everything sold that day to LAA.
MEOW & CHOW: Saturday, Oct. 27, Center for People in Need
Meow and Chow is a major annual fundraising event for LAA and The Cat House, featuring bingo, prizes, raffles and food. Soup is all you can eat. Bread, dessert and beverages are also provided. Food is donated by local restaurants. Doors open at 5 p.m., bingo starts at 6:30 p.m. and the event ends at 10 p.m. Tickets are $25 at the door.
LAA is a nonprofit, all-volunteer organization funded entirely by donations and fundraisers. It addresses the root causes of animal homelessness in Lancaster County by helping pets and their people through a voucher-based, low-cost spay/neuter program, and an income-based pet food bank. The group also offers pet care information through its blog (lincolnanimalambassadors.wordpress.com) and at community events.