One night each year San Diego’s animal lovers gather for a party that saves lives. Your Rancho Coastal Humane Society is once again hosting the Celebration of Second Chances. This year’s event will take place on Saturday evening, October 22 at the Del Mar Country Club at 6001 Country Club Drive in Rancho Santa Fe. Proceeds from the event support the RCHS programs for people and animals.

“It’s a fundraiser,” says RCHS President Jim Silveira. “Please don’t worry. We won’t be begging or trying to pick your pocket. What we will do is show you how RCHS is serving the people and animals who rely on us during the times they need us most.”

The Celebration of Second Chances begins with a cocktail reception and heavy hors d’oeuvres followed by a buffet dinner, music, entertainment, and some exciting raffle and auction items.

Jeff Zevely, host of The Zevely Zone on CBS News 8, will return as co-host along with his wife Heather. The Celebration of Second Chances will also serve as the world premiere of a video created by Emmy Award winner Zoya Popova.

Silveira says that this year’s Celebration theme is “Planning for the Future – A Groundbreaking Celebration.” He said, “We’re getting ready to make some changes that will create a brighter future for people and animals. For the past 56 years RCHS has kept pace with the community that has grown around us. Our mission is well defined. Now it’s time for us to bring our veterinary medical and human education facilities up to date so we can continue to lead our community into the future.”

Tickets for the Celebration of Second Chances sell out in advance. Builder level tickets at $285 include a cocktail reception with RCHS President Jim Silveira. Tickets for the Architect level reception beginning at 5:30 p.m. are $185.

For tickets to the Celebration of Second Chances or more information about Rancho Coastal Humane Society’s programs for people and animals visit the shelter at 389 Requeza Street in Encinitas, call 760-753-6413, or log on to www.sdpets.org.