Tails of the Painted Cats Gala Dinner and Auction passes $100K
Jane McFadden Dorsey and Patron Linda Lakin Robinson
SUBMITTED BY MAGGIE HOLBEN
Africat was the People’s Choice and top bid at $13,000 – twice
Cat Care Society’s Tails of the Painted Cats committee members orchestrated the organization’s first benefit dinner raising more than $100,000, Oct. 10, at Pinehurst Country Club.
Denver’s Auctioneer Extraordinaire Doug Tisdale returned for a third year to run the live auction, serving as a Siamese Savior event sponsor. Joining him on stage was 9News Reporter (and life-long cat lover) Steve Staeger as master of ceremonies.
Topping the winning bids for live auction painted cats was Africat by Jane McFadden Dorsey.
After a bidding war of the highest order, TOPC reached a new high for a single painted cat at an amazing $13,000. With the agreement of the winner and Dorsey, the runner up bidder is also going to be able to purchase their own Africat for $13,000 as well.
This is the second year in a row that Dorsey created a duplicate painted cat as top bid live auction artist. Last year, the top bid on a painted cat was $5,000 for Richard Parker, also created by Dorsey.
In addition, Africat received the People’s Choice Award (based on voting by the People of Denver during the 2015 TOPC Summer Tour). As the artist, Dorsey, received a gift card to Piatti Ristorante in Cherry Creek.
The remaining live auction painted cats yielded the following top bids: Route 66 by Wendy M. Luck, $7,000; La Catrina by Amanda S. R. Salazar, $4,000; Lil Ms. Sunshine by Ella Buchholz, $2,500; and Botani-Cat by Jody Rigsby, $2,100.
The Live Auction also awarded two trips for a South African Photo Safari at the Zulu Nyala luxury resort and a demo painting by Botani-Cat Artist Jody Rigsby.
The committee of volunteers included Marsha Crest, Clyde Dawson, Jane McFadden Dorsey, Helen Hanks, Maggie Holben, Kathy Husband, Jeannie Menor, Carla Pawlewicz, Suellen Scott and Jane Young.
Wendy Luck/Route 66 was the next highest at $7,000
Tails of the Painted Cats Gala raised more than $100,000.Courtesy photos
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