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2019 Fourth Annual Lucky Dog Gala

A Wonderful Evening of Fun, Generosity and Heroes!

Peace of Mind Dog Rescue’s fourth annual Lucky Dog Gala was held on Thursday, March 14, 2019, at a private club in Pebble Beach. Two hundred and thirty dedicated supporters and one adorable canine ambassador, Hero, attended the event. Hero, an 11-year-old mixed breed who had been found as a stray, wooed the crowd in his Lucky Dog attire. He may have even found his forever home with one of the guests who was particularly smitten with his calm demeanor and shining spirt.

The evening began with a wine reception overlooking a gorgeous view of Monterey Bay. Guests bid on a variety of marvelous silent auction items and enjoyed passed appetizers.

During dinner, Executive Director and Co-Founder Carie Broecker spoke about our mission, our accomplishments since 2009, and an exciting part of POMDR’s future: our very own veterinary clinic, scheduled to be completed by October of this year. The evening kicked off our celebration of a decade of POMDR: 1,756 dogs rescued and over 900 Helping Paw clients served! The highlight of the evening was our 10-year retrospective video, A Decade of POMDR, created by Board President and Co-Founder Monica Rua.

Our auctioneer, Lisa Taylor, auctioned off six exciting Live Auction items, then encouraged guests to raise their bid paddles to “Fund a Dog’s Life.” The first of our guests to raise his paddle and donate $25,000 was F. Robert Nunes, a longtime POMDR supporter. Debbie Landi, another longtime supporter, joined him at that very generous level.

The event raised $278,550 to support our lifesaving work!

What people are saying about the Fourth Annual Lucky Dog Gala!
We loved the way that we and other guests were being greeted individually by the board, staff, and volunteers. The venue was a great environment for the evening. Our meals were perfectly prepared and presented. The opening introductions were warm, delightful, and engaging. Once again, the auctioneer is fabulous! She makes the evening so entertaining! As well as profitable! Monica's video was wonderful to watch! Thank you for putting so much time and energy into documenting our first 10 years together! Derrick and I are proud to be associated with POMDR and all of you!
I continue to be so proud of Peace of Mind Dog Rescue. It was a fabulous night. The room felt so warm and caring!
It was a really fun night! The video was fantastic and a big highlight of the night. Such a great group of people. It is always very heartwarming to be amongst them.
It was quite the EVENT! Great job and glad you raised a lot of money. You have many supporters out there which is fantastic. Your hard work is definitely paying off. It is an honor to be one of your supporters.
Lisa Taylor, CEO and Benefit Auctioneer Specialist at Carmel-By-The-Sea Auctions, provides fundraising consultations and professional auctioneer services to non-profits, charities, and schools in the San Francisco & Monterey Bay areas. Lisa is one of only 185 individuals who hold the ‘BAS’ designation in the nation. We are lucky to have her support.