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Mark Your Calendar: 2017 Tails of the Painted Cats - Saturday, September 16, 2017

Friday, November 06, 2015
Please mark your calendar for Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017. We’ll return to Pinehurst Country Club for the Tails of the Painted Cats 2017 Gala Dinner and Auction…and be celebrating our 6th chapter of the event! You won’t want to miss it! 

If you are interested in being at Tails of the Painted Cats artist or artist sponsor in 2017, contact Jane Dorsey for more information at: jdorsey@catcaresociety.org or 303.239.9680, ext. 16. 

Tails of the Painted Cats through the years: 

Purr-fectly Unprecedented for Cat Care Society: 2015 Tails of the Painted Cats Gala Dinner and Auction Passes the $100K Mark!

Tuesday, October 13, 2015
Our Cat Care Society (CCS) Tails of the Painted Cats (TOPC) committee members are on Cloud 9, and rightfully so having orchestrated the organization's first benefit dinner raising more than $100,000, Saturday evening, October 10th, at Pinehurst Country Club.

The preliminary estimated total is $106,000 for the evening's itinerary of games, silent and live auctions, paddle raiser donations and new shelter cat-themed donation cards. And, the total will most likely climb higher for the event overall, when all the accounting details are finalized, which -- among other things -- includes donations by mail still coming in from those who were unable to attend the 2015 TOPC Gala Dinner and Auction

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, which Dorsey will be creating during the next few months (before the sixth chapter of TOPC 2017 commences shortly after the first of the year).

Our appreciation to Jane McFadden Dorsey for her dedication to CCS and TOPC. This is the second year in a row that she is creating 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, and she created a second upon agreement of the winning bidder.

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. Piatti is a multi-year donor of the People's Choice gift card and a multi-year participant in the CCS Feasting For Felines program. Piatti's owner is an adopter of a CCS shelter kitty.

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. If you're calculating, yes, the TOPC Live Auction cats provided a mind-boggling $41,600 for the CCS shelter cats and community outreach programs. Stopping here, we must mention how grateful we are for this amazing infusion of funds now available to help CCS and its mission helping cats!

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. Plus, not to be done yet, five high bidders received $100 gift cards to these beloved area restaurants during the Live Auction: Elway's, ChoLon, Cru Wine Bar, 240 Union and Bonefish Grill.

In the Silent Auction, four painted cats received Buy It Now (BIN) purchases: Cosmos Cat by Barb Benik; Eva Diva, Jane McFadden Dorsey; Cat Scan, Cortnye Rusch; and Typurrgraphy, Amanda S. R. Salazar. Flat cat 'Three Little Kittens' by Shirlee Akemi Miyake received a BIN and these five Clay Cats also received BINs: Black Cat Vase By Barbara Donovan, Raku Cat Moon Bowls By Diane DeBaun, Cat Pasta Bowl By Mara, Big Blue Cat Bowl By Melony Sawyer and Tuxedo Cat Covered Jar By Bette Rehner.

This year's winner of the Raffle Cat, Dale Cat-Huly by Carla Pawlewicz, was long-time CCS Volunteer Kay Higgins.

In addition to Tisdale & Associates, LLC, event sponsors included: Lakewood Arts Council GalleryMain Street Fine Art in Evergreen and Art of Life Gallery, LLC. Gala centerpieces were again provided by Dave Barnes of Scenographics in Denver.

Working on the event for over a year now, the committee (including, in alphabetical order, CCS Volunteer Marsha Crest, CCS Board VP Clyde Dawson, CCS Volunteer Coordinator and TOPC Program Coordinator and Artist Jane McFadden DorseyHelen Hanks, CCS Advisory Board Member Maggie Holben, Committee Chair and CCS Volunteer Kathy Husband, CCS Volunteer Jeannie Menor, CCS Volunteer and TOPC Artist Carla Pawlewicz, CCS Director of Outreach Suellen Scott and Jane Young), plus a bevy talented Denver area artists, event and artist sponsors, and CCS volunteers held the TOPC Gala Dinner and Auction at Pinehurst Country Club for a third year. This was the fifth year for TOPC event, which has now produced 106 of the colorful, uniquely themed fiberglass cats, that the community only seems to grow fonder of as time moves on. 

In addition to funds raised surpassing all expectations this year, attendance at the Gala also grew to over 200 guests for the first time.

Supporters for the cause included: Linda and Jack RobinsonLynn Brevard and Michelle BrevardHarold & Christina TaylorTracey McCulloughSteve HolbenSheree ReinersPaul and Victoria BrownMarty and CCS President Gail TinianowBarbara Dawson (who again played the piano during the cocktail reception), Steve and Dayna DrownWarren HanksStephanie DeGraff Bender, Andria Kennoy, and Melissa and Michael McClure. Other CCS board members attending included Treasurer Marggie Dassler, Director Linda Brandon with husband Mark, Director and Golf Tournament Coordinator Ken Dobrovolny with wife Jackie, Director Michael Gawell and guest Dr. Karen Larson, and Advisory Board Member Kim Sporrer and guest Kat Burns. New CCS Shelter Manager Heather Allen was also in attendance.

The TOPC Gala Dinner and Auction is not returning until 2017 -- the exact date is still pending. Artist recruitment will begin shortly after the first of the year.

If you are interested in being a Tails of the Painted Cats artist in the future, contact Jane Dorsey for more information at: jdorsey@catcaresociety.org or 303.239.9680, ext. 16.

For links to view the 2011-15 TOPC painted cats, visit http://www.catcaresociety.org/how-to-help/tails-of-the-painted-cats-gala-dinner-and-auction.

Link to view the 2015 Video Gallery Slide Show

Link to view the 2015 First Facebook Photo Album

Please note: design of the Tails of the Painted Cats is a trademark of the state of Colorado and all rights associated with this trademark extend until October 18, 2016.

2015 Tails of the Painted Cats Clay Cats

Wednesday, October 07, 2015

The 2015 Tails of the Painted Cats Gala Dinner & Auction is only a few days away!  

Here are some of the clay cats that will be available for auction at this year's event.  You can view all of the clay cats on our Flickr album here.  

Terra Cotta Kitty by Gary Steinborn.
Venice Clay - Venice, CA.

Three Cat Moon Bowls by Diane DeBaun.
Fine Ceramics - Hemut, CA.

Two Cat Tails Fused Glass Trays by John L. LaRosa.
LaRosa Designs - Weston, CO.

Pirate Cat Pitcher by Barbara Donovan.
Animal Art Pottery - Baton Roughe, LA.

Purple Sage Cat Vase by Gary Steinborn.
Venice Clay - Venice, CA.

Big Blue Cat Bowl by Melony Sawyer.
Clay Art Artist - Denver, CO.

Mara Platter by Mara.
Ceramica Mara - Mexico.

Tuxedo Cat Covered Jar by Bette Rehner.
Bjceramics - Denver, CO.

There's still time to register for this year's Tails of the Painted Cats Gala Dinner & Auction online here.  We hope to see you Saturday!

This post was written by Sierra M. Koester, Professional Blogger and Cat Care Society Volunteer. 

Cowbell Alert! 'NEW' at the Cat Care Society Tails of the Painted Cats Gala Dinner and Auction

Tuesday, October 06, 2015
Cat Care Society has one more 'new thing' to share about this year's Tails of the Painted Cats Gala Dinner and Auction and that's the addition of the 'Buy It Now' Cow Bell program in the silent auction rooms at Pinehurst Country Club this Saturday. Gala attendees, don't be surprised when you hear the cow bells ringing. We'd prefer cat bells, but they just aren't loud enough to convey our excitement over attendees who make a BUY IT NOW on one of the cats' wonderful Silent Auction items.

To give you an idea, last year -- once the auction dust settled -- we had two 'Buy It Nows' on Kitten Paintings; two on Flat Cat Paintings; four on Clay Cats; and seven 'Buy It Nows' on painted cats. A 'Buy It Now' not only gets the winning bidder a great piece of feline art, but the CCS REAL cats benefit greatly from the financial boost of a Buy It Now. It's simply a win-win.

Note -- BUY IT NOW on the 18 silent auction painted cats is available in advance of the Gala through tomorrow (Wednesday, Oct. 7) at Noon. So, go take a look and make a 'Buy It Now' if you want to assure your win of your favorite painted cat.... http://bidonacat.blogspot.com

Our new mantra for the Gala is "MORE COWBELL!!!"

Register for the Gala.

2015 Tails of the Painted Cats Kitten Paintings

Monday, October 05, 2015
The 2015 Tails of the Painted Cats Gala Dinner & Auction is fast-approaching!  Back by popular demand this year are Kitten Paintings, which will be available through the Silent Auction only this year.  You can see all of this year's amazing Kitten Paintings below.

Star Wars by Cloud.

Dance of the Pink Mice by Margaret.

Rose Garden by Margaret.

The South of France by Chris.

Pasture by Craig.

Let's Party! by Craig.

Country Lane by Carla.

A Walk in the Park by Cora.

First Frost by Carla.

Moonlit Garden by Cora.

This year's talented kittens were aided by their human assistants Carla Pawlewicz, Jeannie Menor, and Jane Dorsey.  

There's still time to register for the 2015 Tails of the Painted Cats Gala Dinner & Auction.  Purchase your tickets here.  

This post is written by Sierra M. Koester, Professional Blogger and Cat Care Society Volunteer.  

New at the Tails of the Painted Cats Gala Dinner and Auction: Auctioneer Doug Tisdale + Tisdale Wines = Feline Fun

Monday, September 28, 2015
Tails of the Painted Cats Auctioneer Doug Tisdale offers the new (and fun) 'Tisdale Wines Bonus' to twelve lucky Gala attendees this year. Attendees are encouraged to arrive early on Oct. 10th and listen carefully to the auctioneer's PA announcements during the cocktail reception to win a Tisdale Cabernet Sauvignon or Chardonnay.

As you see by the photo, the Tisdale Wines are ready to party at the 2015 Tails of the Painted Cats Gala Dinner and Auction. Join us!

Link to Register

New at the 2015 TOPC Gala Dinner & Auction: Restaurant Gift Cards in the Live Auction

Thursday, September 17, 2015
Cat Care Society is adding restaurant gift cards to the Live Auction lineup at the2015 Tails of the Painted Cats Gala Dinner & Auction, October 10th at Pinehurst Country Club. CCS surveyed event attendees last year and determined a desire from respondents for this new addition. Here are the restaurant cards you could win during the TOPC Live Auction this year:

Elway's Colorado Steakhouse 

ChoLon Modern Asian Bistro 

Crú Wine Bar 

240 Union Restaurant 

Bonefish Grill 

In addition to the five restaurant gift cards, the Live Auctioned Painted Cats include Lil Ms. Sunshine, Africat, Route 66, Botani-Cat and La Catrina. CCS will be live auctioning a 6-day/6-night South African Photo Safari package to Zulu Nyala Resort in Northern Kwazulu Natal, South Africa (Value: US $5,950), plus a painting by Botani-Cat Artist Jody Rigsby that she's Demo Painting during the TOPC cocktail reception.
Link to view the 2015 Painted Cats and Bid In Advance
Link to register for the TOOC Gala Dinner & Auction

Returning to the 2015 TOPC Gala: The Tower of Wine is Back, Expanding to 64 Bottles

Wednesday, September 16, 2015
Generous patrons have yet again opened their wine cellars to Cat Care Society to make an expanded Tower of Wine possible at the 2015 Tails of the Painted Cats Gala Dinner & Auction at Pinehurst Country Club, October 10th. Topping the tower list are these French Bordeaux wines:
1990 Chateau La Conseillante ($457)
1989 Chateau Lynche-Bages ($425)
1990 Chateau Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande ($323)
1985 Chateau L'Evangile ($268)
1986 Chateau Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande ($252)
1986 Chateau Gruaud-Larose ($231)
1990 Chateau Rauzan-Segla ($220)
1990 Chateau Rauzan-Segla ($159)
1990 Chateau Ducru-Beaucaillou ($156)
1995 Chateau Leoville Barton ($148)
1995 Chateau Troplong Mondot ($105)
1994 Chateau Troplong Mondot ($72)
The remainder of the tower is a selection 2007 Balistreri Vineyards wines, including Colorado Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot varietals.
The way it works, each bottle in the tower is tagged and numbered. Those playing draw a numbered card and then win the corresponding numbered bottle of wine. This is the fourth year we’ve had the tower and it usually sells out early in the evening during the cocktail reception, so make sure to come at 5 p.m. so you don’t miss out on the opportunity to win a wonderful wine for your own cellar (and help the CCS cats and community outreach programs).
If you don’t have your tickets yet, link to register for the TOPC Gala Dinner & Auction 
CCS sincerely appreciates both Donna & Rick Albin and Lynn Amsbury for their generous support of our 2015 Tower of Wine!

New at TOPC 2015: Demo Painting During Cocktail Reception By Painted Cat Artist Jody Rigsby

Tuesday, September 15, 2015
Botani-Cat Artist Jody Rigsby will be Demo Painting one of her feline creations for the 2015 Gala Dinner and Auction attendees. The painting will then be sold to the highest bidder during the live auction activities on October 10th at Pinehurst Country Club.

Thank you, Jody Rigsby Fine Art for making this fun addition to the Gala possible!

About Jody Rigsby: she attended Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design, receiving her degree in Graphic Design. Now working as a full time fine artist, she lives in Lakewood, Colorado with her husband. All of her energy is focused on her painting as Jody's career is building momentum with several invitationals, combined, and featured artist shows. She has attended workshops from Dan Beck, Kim English, Nura Mascareñas, Michelle Torrez and Melinda Morrison as well as classes at the Art Students League of Denver.

Link to Jody's website

Link to register for the TOPC Gala Dinner & Auction

Here is a look at Jody's Botani-Cat:


Link to the Advanced Bidding Site

New at the 2015 Tails of the Painted Cats Gala Dinner & Auction: Photo Safari Vacation Package

Monday, September 14, 2015
Cat Care Society will be auctioning a 6-day/6-night South African Photo Safari package to Zulu Nyala Resort in Northern Kwazulu Natal, South Africa. Value: US $5,950.


* Luxury accommodations for 6 days and 6 nights for two people at the Zulu Nyala Luxurious Hemmingway Tented Safari Camp or Heritage Safari Lodge.

* Full board -- three delicious meals per day, prepared by top class chefs - with an African flavor of course.

* Two game viewing activities per day guided by professional game rangers in open game viewing vehicles.  

* The certificate is valid for two years.

* Experience the Magic of Africa!
Link to learn more about Zulu Nyala
Link to register for the 2015 Tails of the Painted Cats Gala Dinner and Auction

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