photos by Amy Huzil

Fundraising for Furry Friends

x_springfling3Helen Woodward Animal Center held its 28th Annual Spring Fling Gala at Fairbanks Village Plaza in early June. The sold-out Wizard of Oz-themed event was hosted by KUSI’s Mark Mathis and Shelly Dunn from the Dave, Shelly, and Chainsaw Show on 100.7 KFM-BFM. The evening began with elegance as 400 guests enjoyed cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, fuzzy VIPs, and a silent auction. Attendees then enjoyed a taste-portioned dinner of classic and innovative dishes from 17 of San Diego’s top restaurants, including Searsucker Del Mar, The Fish Market, Piatti Restaurant, The Melting Pot La Jolla, Truluck’s Seafood, Steaks & Crab House, Casa Sol Y Mar, and the Pacifica Del Mar, to name a few. The gala was a hugely successful fundraiser for the animals and programs at Helen Woodward, an organization that receives no government funding and relies heavily on tax-deductible contributions from private donors to continue their life-saving mission.

x_springfling2Helen Woodward Animal Center is a unique nonprofit that has been committed to the philosophy of people helping animals and animals helping people for over 40 years. The center provides a variety of services that benefit the community through educational and therapeutic programs for people, and humane care and adoption for animals. Helen Woodward strives to inspire and teach, both locally and globally, the importance of the animal-human bond. To learn more visit