Ms. TUSKany 2012: Maggie wins again! Good Day Sacramento's Courtney Dempsey, and PAWS co-founder Ed Stewart, present Maggie with her "crown."
PAWS' Passport To TUSKany
On Saturday, Oct. 20, more than 500 guests presented their "passports" at the ARK 2000 gate and entered our sanctuary, a place that once a year we dub "TUSKany."
PAWS founder Pat Derby
(right) visits with guests.
The event was the 8th annual One and Only Elephant Grape Stomp, a benefit for PAWS elephants. This year's event marked the first public appearance of Ben, the bear who arrived at PAWS in August. Guests had the opportunity to observe Ben, and the other bears, as well as the tigers, lions and elephants, in their vast natural habitats at ARK 2000.
The highlight of our last three Elephant Grape Stomp events has been the announcement of the winner of the Ms./Mr. TUSKany "pageant." This year was no exception. The winner is chosen by the highest number of votes; each vote costs $5. Voting takes place during the 60 days prior to the event, as well on the day of. This year's event was made even more fun with long-time PAWS volunteer Glory Quiggle rallying votes with the help of Miss Calaveras County contestants.
PAWS volunteer Sylvia Arispe's two grandchildren created the crown that was presented to Ms. TUSKany.
When the competitive dust had settled, our honorary hostess for the event, Courtney Dempsey from "Good Day Sacramento", announced that Maggie was once again voted Ms. TUSKany. Annie came in second, with Lulu third and Mara fourth. Maggie was presented with her edible "crown" and all PAWS elephants received special elephant-edible "swags" with their dinners that evening. Hail to thee, Ms. TUSKany!
Thank you to the creative volunteers who made the gorgeous "ele-edible" adornments for each of the pachy princesses/princes: Sylvia Arispe and her grandchildren Noa and Elijah; Mimi Durand; Gemma Gyling; Ruth Huffman; Janelle Kessler; Lorrie Morris; and Lori Swearingen.
The Daze of Wine, Pasta and Chocolate!
Thank you to Jeff Newland and his Il Fornaio chefs and team. These special friends have been filling our plates with their wonderful fare for more than 13 years!
Thank you to all the regional wineries who filled our guest's glasses. This event could not happen without your continued, generous and delicious support! Our 2012 winery participants were: Black Sheep, Bodega Del Sur, Bogle Winery, Catano Winery, Chateau Routon, Chatom Vineyards, Frog's Tooth Wines, Hovey Wines, Irish Vineyards, Ironstone, Lavender Ridge Winery, Milliaire, Stevenot, Vina Moda, Val du Vino, and Zucca Mountain Vineyards. Special thanks to Jill and Mike Ogburn, who served as our winery hospitality team.
We also extend a yummy nod to the crowd-pleasing Dessert Cart (pictured right). The Dessert Cart has been donating decadent treats for our guests for many years.
Transportation around "TUSKany" was once again provided by Blue Mountain Transit. PAWS sincerely appreciates and thanks our generous friend, Devra Lewis, and her Blue Mountain shuttle team for donating their services at our events for the last eight years.
To everyone who donated items for this year's silent auction. . . many many thanks for another very successful event! And last, but certainly not least, thank you to our volunteers for your dedication, generous spirit and hard work before, during and after this event!
We sincerely hope you will remember to patronize the businesses who so graciously help us year after year!
View the following video/slide show of this year's One and Only Elephant Grape Stomp, including Maggie's Ms. TUSKany win.
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