2015 Nassau Humane Society Gala A Huge Success

2015 Nassau Humane Society Gala A Huge Success The inaugural Nassau Humane Society Gala, held April 18th, 2015 at The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island was a huge success. A semi-formal cocktail hour welcomed over 200 attendees on the Talbot ballroom terrace and lobby area. During this time, attendees were encouraged to bid on Silent Auction items ranging from custom artwork to luxury hotel stays at the Ritz-Carlton in Atlanta, Georgia.

Following the cocktail reception, guests were invited into the Talbot ballroom for dinner. The evening’s program featured Guest Speaker Nikos Westmoreland. He is a talented emcee as well as the chief marketing officer for PRI Productions, and a guest host who is often seen on television’s First Coast Living.

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Pictured above: Ron Heymann, Dr. and Mrs. Kevin Lin, Jenny Moore – Christenson and Tom Christenson, Nikos Westmoreland

Dinner included wine and a choice of boneless beef short rib, chicken piccatta, or a full vegetarian selection.

John-and-Penny-Landregan-Larry-Mindy-WilliamsPictured to the right: John and Penny Landregan, Larry and Mindy Williams

The local organization raised just over $35,000 in event donations and sponsorships, and additionally, received a $15,000 donation to begin a new animal care fund, WAGS (Wonderful Animals Getting Services).

After heart-felt messages by Westmoreland, NHS Executive Director Tom Christenson, and NHS Board President Beth Hughes, guests were invited to dance to vibrant big band and jazz music performed by Crescendo Amelia. The celebration ended around 10:30pm.

In total, the event raised $50,000 in funds to help the homeless animals of Nassau County.

The Nassau Humane Society is already planning to host the 2nd Annual Gala in spring of 2016.

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Celebrate Spring Fashion Show for Nassau Humane Society

Celebrate Spring Fashion Show for Nassau Humane SocietyNassau Humane Society’s Second Chance Re-Sale shop will be holding its first Girl’s Night Out Spring Fashion Show on Thursday, March 19th from 6:00 – 8:00 PM at their store at 1002 S. 14th Street in the 8 Flags Shopping Center.

No charge – wine and cheese served.

Volunteers will be modeling spring/summer outfits that are available for sale. Everything for sale at amazing bargain prices!

Dickie Anderson will be emceeing this event. Don’t be surprised if there is a puppy or kitty on hand to give kisses.

There is no charge for this event but donations are always accepted. The Second Chance Resale Shop is a major fundraiser for the Nassau Humane Society – all monies received will go directly to the Nassau Humane Society shelter for the care of our homeless dogs and cats until they find their forever home.

For more information: secondchance@nassauhumanesociety.com

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Nassau Humane Society Is Seeking Volunteers

Nassau Humane Society Is Seeking VolunteersFernandina Beach, FL Is one of your New Year’s resolutions to volunteer? The Nassau Humane Society is looking to add to their team of volunteers. One area you can help is at our Second Chance store.

Volunteers at Second Chance make a huge contribution toward keeping the doors of the shelter open and available to homeless animals. For more information, call 904-321-0022 or email.

Second Chance Volunteering Opportunities include:
• Basic Retail & Cashiering
• Processing & Cleaning Donations
• Customer Service
• On Call Pick-up Help (lifting, carrying, loading & unloading)

Meet Tracy Grimsely (see picture), who currently volunteers at our Second Chance store. She has been a volunteer for the Nassau Humane Society for over ten years.

With your time and service, we can ensure that all the homeless animals in our community receive lots of love and compassion while waiting for their forever homes. Please visit our website www.nassauhumanesociety.com to view all the areas where we need your help or call (904) 321-1647, ext. 105.

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Humane Society Updates the Rotary Club Sunrise

tom-christenson-mark-cutshawSharing the exciting news of the grand opening of the new Humane Society facility located next to the airport on Amelia Island, Tom Christenson, Executive Director of the Nassau Humane Society, was recently featured as the guest speaker for the Rotary Club of Amelia Island Sunrise.

Rotary club members learned about the features of the new building and all the services the Humane Society provides to city and county residents.

Rotarians actively volunteer throughout their communities and the club was pleased to learn about the strength of the volunteer network at the Humane Society.

The new facility enables the Humane Society to continue its mission, dedicated to the humane treatment of all animals; to alleviate their suffering and neglect, to support the human-animal bond, and to foster an environment in which people respect all living creatures.

For more information about the Nassau Humane Society, call 904-321-1647.

Pictured here is Tom Christenson, Executive Director, and Mark Cutshaw, president of the Rotary Club of Amelia Island Sunrise.

The Rotary Club of Amelia Island Sunrise meets every Friday at 7:30 a.m. at the Fernandina Beach Golf Club. For more information about the club or to attend a morning breakfast meeting, please contact president, Mark Cutshaw, at mcutshaw@fpuc.com or go to www.ameliaislandrotary.com.

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Nassau Humane Society Seeks Volunteers

Nassau Humane Society Seeks Volunteers
Fernandina Beach, FL, January 5, 2015. Want to make a difference in 2015? The Nassau Humane Society is looking to add to their team of volunteers.

With your time and service, we can ensure that all the homeless animals in our community receive lots of love and compassion while waiting for their forever homes.

Please visit our website www.nassauhumanesociety.com to view the areas where we need your help or call (904) 321-1647.

The Adoption Center is operated soley by donations and run by an incredible staff of volunteers.

Fostering is another great area to volunteer. These great folks provide short-term, in home care for friendly dogs and cats in need until they are adopted. Veterinary care and food are provided. Fostering can last from a few days to several months.

Another way to help would be to sponsor a “pet food drive” among your friends, or at the office. The Humane Society can pick up the donations you collect!

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2014 Parade of Paws

2014 Parade of PawsFernandina Beach, FL – The Nassau Humane Society will host the 15th Annual Parade of Paws on Saturday, December 6 at the Old Railroad Depot in downtown Fernandina Beach.

Parade will start at 11:00 am. Pet owners can register and parade their dogs on the sidewalks of Centre Street, with all proceeds benefiting the Nassau Humane Society.

Many people dress their pets in festive attire, ranging from the simple to the elaborate.

Sometimes their owners wear costumes too.

Trophies are awarded for the top three “best dressed” entrants, with gift certificates in the categories of “best (pet) personality,” “looks most like owner” and “most original.”

You can bring your camera or smartphone, and a volunteer will take pictures of you and your dog with Santa.

Registration is $15 per dog. You can pre-register before Saturday at Redbones, the NHS Dog Park, our Second Chance store, or at NassauHumaneSociety.com. On Saturday morning, there will also be late registration at the Depot starting at 10:00 am.

Pre-register: Online at nassauhumanesociety.com/events.html
Second Chance Store (321-0022)
Redbones Dog Bakery (321-0020)
NHS Dog Park (321-1647)

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Grand Opening of Nassau Human Society’s Animal Rescue Center

Grand Opening of Nassau Human Society's Animal Rescue CenterPress release – The Nassau Humane Society is very excited to announce the Grand Opening of their new Animal Rescue Center on Friday, November 7. Please join us at 11:00am for our Ribbon Cutting ceremony and then tours will be given from 11:30am through 1:30pm and 4:00pm through 6:00pm.

Additional tours of the new facility will be from 11:30am through 1:30pm and 4:00pm through 6:00pm on the following dates: Wednesday, November 12; Friday, November 14; Saturday, November 15.

Our new shelter provides additional space for animal rescue and indoor protection from the weather. Capacity for dogs has increased by 150%, from 25 kennels to 64. The new cattery has additional space in the open cattery for the 40-50 cats in our care, as well as private areas for less social cats or kittens. Dedicated space for adoption counseling helps increase adoption rates. Lab space allows us to care for animals in a less stressful environment.

This past fiscal year, the Nassau Humane Society had a record breaking year and found 714 homes for our sheltered animals. We provide food, a no-kill shelter and medical care for the abandoned, the abused, the surrendered and the rescued. Our mostly-volunteer organization strives daily to bring people and pets together – enriching the lives of both.

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10th Annual Pasta for Paws Fundraiser

10th Annual Pasta for Paws FundraiserIt is time for the 10th Annual Pasta for Paws Fundraiser for the Nassau County Humane Society!

“Pasta for Paws” is a great way for our community to come together and have delicious food, lots of fun and help raise funds for our furry friends in our shelter.

Our fundraiser will be on Saturday, September 20, from 4:30pm to 7:30pm at the Atlantic Avenue Recreational Center.

We expect over 500 guests from our community to attend our event, who are dedicated supporters of animal rescue and adoption.

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This year we have a few surprises with Chef David, from Osprey Village, as our “Special Guest Chef” and Early McCall playing his Margaretville style music throughout the evening, along with our very popular huge silent auction. Some featured items will be a football autographed by FSU coaching legend Bobby Bowden, an original Jacksonville Jaguars leather jacket, and Gator Bowl tickets.

Osprey Village is the major sponsor for the event, and Harris Teeter donated the ground beef for the meatballs. NHS events/volunteer coordinator Kelly Monti thanked all of the sponsors “and all the volunteers who have helped with organizing the event, from decorations, baking desserts, making all the sauce, making over 1,600 meatballs, and over 50 volunteers who will be helping the day of the event.

KitchenCrewWithout the dedication and support from our wonderful volunteers, we would not be able to have such successful events to help raise funds for our furry friends in our shelter. And a thank you to all the local businesses who have donated items for our silent auction.”

The annual event always features great food and is one of the most important fundraisers for the Nassau Humane Society. This year’s dinner will feature spaghetti, meatballs, salad, bread, beverage and dessert for $14. It’s free for children age 6 and younger and $10 for kids age 7-10.

The event always features a wide variety of homemade desserts to choose from, with extra desserts for only $2 each. Take-out will be available. Tickets are available at the NHS Second Chance resale store, 1002 S. 14th St., the NHS Dog Park, 641 Airport Road, and online at NassauHumaneSociety.com.

For sponsorship information or donations towards our Silent Auction, please contact Kelly Monti at volunteer@nassauhumanesociety.com.

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Nassau Humane Society Orientation 2014

Nassau Humane Society Orientation 2014The Nassau Humane Society’s Volunteer Orientation is back! NHS could not provide the care and love to our shelter animals without the dedication and support from their wonderful volunteers.

If you have been thinking about volunteering, please plan to attend our next Volunteer Orientation on Tuesday, June 10, at 5:30pm at the Dog Park to hear about the different areas where you can help.

Please contact Kelly Monti at volunteer@nassauhumanesociety.com or call 904-491-1511 to let us know you will be joining us at the meeting.

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Taste and Toast 2014 is This Saturday

Taste and Toast 2014 is This SaturdayYou are running out of time to participate in the Nassau Humane Society’s Taste and Toast! The event will be on Saturday, May 17, from 7-9pm at the The Florida House Inn, located at 22 S. Third Street. They have graciously offered to host our event again this year in their beautiful courtyard underneath stately oaks and twinkling white lights.

Tickets are $50 and can be purchased on our website www.nassauhumanesociety.com, at our Second Chance Store, or at the NHS Dog Park.

Nassau Humane Society is partnering with over 15 restaurants in our community for this unique fundraiser that pairs food with a fine selection of wine or beer. More than a dozen restaurants will participate in the event, with chefs from each establishment preparing an item off their menu and pairing the dish with a wine or beer that best accentuates flavor.

Between taste-size bites of food and sips of wine or beer, guests can head into an adjoining courtyard for a visit with some furry friends from the shelter. Unique gift baskets will be raffled and a live auction will be hosted by our special guest, Nick Loren.

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Nick Loren

Nick Loren is one of the entertainment industry’s most versatile talents, including a successful career as longtime Stand-in and Stunt double for film icon John Travolta, that has evolved into acting, and his new role as host of the highly rated daily morning talk show “First Coast Living,” which has landed Nick an Emmy Award nomination and airs on WTLV (NBC) and WJXX (ABC) in Florida.

Enjoy live music by Dan Voll and Michele.

This event is brought to you by sponsors, Osprey Village and Florida House Inn.

We hope you can join us at our 2nd Annual Taste and Toast, and help raise funds for your animal rescue and adoption shelter on Amelia Island.

For more information, please contact Kelly Monti at volunteer@nassauhumanesociety.com or call 904-491-1511.

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Taste and Toast 2014

Taste and Toast 2014Nassau Humane Society’s Taste and Toast event will be on Saturday, May 17, 2014, from 7-9pm.

Nassau Humane Society is partnering with restaurants in the historic downtown district of FURnandina Beach to launch a unique fundraiser that pairs food with a fine selection of wine or beer.

The Florida House Inn has graciously offered to host this event again this year.

More than a dozen other restaurants will participate in the event, with chefs from each establishment preparing an item off their menu and pairing the dish with a wine or beer that best accentuates flavor. Between taste-size bites of food and sips of wine or beer, guests can head into an adjoining courtyard for a visit with some furry friends from the shelter. We will have gift baskets to be raffled to also help raise funds.

A food, wine and beer pairing fundraiser on Saturday, May 17 from 7:00-9:00 p.m.

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100 Bricks in 100 Days!

100 Bricks in 100 Days!Fernandina Beach, FL – The Nassau Humane Society, a no-kill animal shelter located in Fernandina Beach, is announcing an exciting opportunity for the community to share a personal message at its new animal shelter, which will be completed this summer.

For a $100 donation, a 4 x 8 brick can be engraved with the language of your choice. The bricks will be installed at the new Animal Rescue Center after completion of the building. Bricks make a great memorial, honorarium or gift for anyone!

The new shelter will replace the old, deteriorated facility. The current shelter has outdoor dog kennels, and a deteriorated shed for a cattery. The new shelter will increase capacity by more than 40%, allowing for more animals to be rescued every day.

The goal of the 100 Bricks in 100 Days campaign is to secure a minimum of 100 bricks by June 20, 2014. To order a brick, visit http://www.nassauhumanesociety.com/bricks.html, send an email to executivedirector@nassauhumanesociety.com, or call (904) 491-1511.

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Nassau Humane Society Hires Volunteer and Event Manager

Nassau-Humane-Society-Kelley-MonteFernandina Beach, FL – The Nassau Humane Society, a no-kill animal shelter, is proud to welcome Kelly Monti as the newest addition to their staff. Kelly joins the Nassau Humane Society with eight years’ experience in fundraising, volunteer management and event planning, most recently as the Project Coordinator at Micah’s Place. Prior to that, she was the Membership Director with the Amelia Island-Fernandina Beach-Yulee Chamber of Commerce.

The Nassau Humane Society is seeking volunteers to help with their fundraising and awareness events throughout the year. One major fundraiser will be their “Black Tie and Tails” Gala this Spring. The Gala will raise funds for their capital campaign to build a new shelter that is so desperately needed. The Gala will be a very special evening to celebrate and share our compassion for all pets in our community. There will be various committees to help with the planning of this event. Several levels of sponsorship opportunities are available also. If you are interested in helping with planning or sponsoring the “Black Tie and Tails” Gala, please contact Kelly Monti at volunteer@nassauhumanesociety.com or call 904-491-1511.

If you are interested in our other volunteer opportunities or to make a donation to help our homeless dogs and cats, please visit our website www.nassauhumanesociety.com for more information and complete the online application.

The Nassau Humane Society has found new homes and new lives for thousands of homeless dogs and cats. We provide a no-kill shelter for the abandoned, the abused, the surrendered and the rescued. Our organization strives daily to bring people and pets together, enriching the lives of both.

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14th Annual Parade for Paws

14th Annual Parade for PawsThe Nassau Humane Society will host the 14th Annual Parade for Paws on Saturday, December 7th at the Old Railroad Depot in downtown Fernandina Beach.

Walk along Centre Street beginning and ending at the Old Railroad Depot. Enjoy fun activities before and after the parade.

Late registration begins at 10:00 a.m. and the parade begins at 11:00 a.m. Registration fee is $10.00 per dog.

Pre-register:
Online at nassauhumanesociety.com/events.html
Second Chance Store (321-0022)
Redbones Dog Bakery (321-0020)
NHS Dog Park (491-1511)

Awards announced immediately after the parade.

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Taste and Toast Pairing for Paws in FURnandina

Taste and Toast Pairing for Paws in FURnandinaFernandina Beach, FL – Nassau Humane Society is partnering with restaurants in the historic downtown district of FURnandina Beach to launch a unique fundraiser that pairs food with a fine selection of wine or beer.

Taste & Toast will be held Saturday, May 18th from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the courtyard at the Florida House Inn at 22 S. Third Street. Tickets are $50 and will be limited to 200 sales.

Tickets can be purchased online at www.nassauhumanesociety.com or at several locations, including the NHS offices at 671 Airport Rd.; the Second Chance store at 1002 S. 14th St. or Island Time Premium Frozen Yogurt at 306 Centre St starting April 15.

More than a dozen restaurants are participating in the event, with chefs from each establishment preparing an item off their menu and pairing the dish with a wine or beer that best accentuates flavor. Sponsors are Florida House Inn, Florida Public Utilities and First Federal Bank of Florida.

Participating restaurants include Arte Pizza, Café Karibo, Ciao Italian Bistro, The Crab Trap, Florida House Inn Restaurant, Halftime Sports Bar & Grill, The Happy Tomato Courtyard Café & BBQ, Island Time Premium Frozen Yogurt, Joe’s 2nd St. Bistro, Kelley’s Courtyard Café, Marina Seafood Restaurant, O’Kane’s Irish Pub & Eatery, Pablo’s Mexican Restaurant, The Pecan Roll Bakery, Tasty’s Fresh Burgers & Fries.

In conjunction with the event, Nassau Humane Society will hold both a silent and live auction with many items focused on lifestyle and adventure experiences, such as vacations at luxurious homes at the beach, thrilling airplane rides above the island and sailboat excursions on the Atlantic with a gourmet meal provided. Throughout the event live music will be provided by Dan Voll and Michele Bid.

“We are fortunate to enjoy the dedicated support of local businesses and we are thrilled to partner with so many of the community’s finest restaurants on Taste & Toast,” says Nassau Humane Society Board Member and Event Chairperson Ann Marie Wiseman. “We deepen the experience for our guests with the stunning location of The Florida House Inn with its towering oaks, lush garden and enchanting fountain.”

Between taste-size bites of food and sips of wine or beer, guests can head into an adjoining courtyard for a visit with some furry friends from the shelter.

Nassau Humane Society is increasing fundraising efforts this year with the launch of a capital campaign to fund a new shelter. The new building will provide for additional space for animal rescue as well as indoor protection from the weather.

“We are taking a thoughtful approach to design with regard to space and comfort but we also plan to foster an environment that best encourages adoption,” says Nassau Humane Society executive director Brandy Cavalho.

Members of the organization’s capital committee will have an informational table at Taste & Toast to talk with guests about the new shelter and funding opportunities.

For more information on Taste & Toast, visit www.nassauhumanesociety.com or call 904-491-1511.

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