News provided by Bubbles Dog Rescue
A fundraiser for Bubbles Dog Rescue held in South Pasadena at Golden Oaks Apartments April 15 raised more than $6,000, according to event organizer Robin Ortega, building manager. Some 80 attended the catered gourmet dinner held in the facility’s club room. Guests danced to the sounds of DJ Mike on the Mike. They won drawings for gift certificates donated by businesses and organizations.
Ortega expressed appreciation for those who participated.
“This couldn’t have been achieved without the support of all those who attended and donated,” she said after the event, “as well as those contributing their services and time.”
“The funds go directly to Bubbles Dog Rescue,” she said, “to enable the organization to rescue more dogs, care for them and find them homes.”
Bubbles is a year-old 501(c)(3) organization founded by Ukrainian sisters Isabelle (Isa) and Inna Kreydin in Los Angeles. They did this in response to the escalating dog euthanasia rates, according to the group’s website. Providing full vetting, medical care and foster homes, they have saved more than 300 dogs. The sisters were featured on the April 4 Kelly Clarkson Show on NBC to highlight Dog Appreciation Month.
Bubbles’ co-founder Isa Kreydin spoke during the dinner and thanked those who came to the event and made donations.
Attendees included South Pasadena City Councilmember Michael Cacciotti, who has fostered and adopted several dogs. He was a volunteer Puppy Raiser for the Guide Dogs of America of Sylmar in 2002-2003. Tim Kim, President, South Pasadena Police Officers’ Association (POA), presented the Bubbles’ founders with a donation check from its organization. Accompanying him were Tyler Borrello, VP of the POA; and Patrick Zamora, POA member-at-large and K9 officer, who brought police dog Zaggy.
Donors covered most of the costs of the event. Catering provided by Justin Prietto’s Huntington Catering of South Pasadena and by Chefs for Seniors was donated by the Golden Oaks’ management — as was the venue. Disc Jockey Mike Ryan, who had formerly rented an apartment there, also contributed his services.
Gift certificates came from such South Pasadena businesses as Tomato Pie, Awwdorable Pets and Ecco Hair Studio. Other businesses and organizations contributed items and services. Some were valued at more than $300.
Realtor Meg Middleman served as impromptu MC for the drawings. Golden Oaks’ residents Jessica Cosentino and Doreen Siodmak managed the raffle. Resident Sally Kilby and Cosentino assisted with publicity. LaTour’s Party Rentals provided a discount to the charity. Staff members from the Golden Oaks building also volunteered their time to help. Robin Ortega’s husband Mike bartended.
Some of the guests came from the west side of Los Angeles, and two traveled from the South Bay. Others lived at Golden Oaks. Their ages ranged from the early twenties to the late nineties.
Dancing proved popular among many. DJ Mike set up his sound equipment in the lobby, and dancers crowded the floor. Enjoying the music, some of the dancers called on those who remained seated in the dining area to join in. Black and gold balloons from an over door arch were pulled down and playfully batted back and forth in a spontaneous group game. Police dog Zaggy became a center of attention while on site.
Donations to Bubbles, a 501(c)(3) organization, are always welcome (Tax ID No. 88-0886274) at http://bubblesdogrescue.org . Employee matching and other donation programs are listed on its website. Another way to help is to offer to foster a dog.