The CLAWS Conservancy launched its inaugural fundraising campaign with our first annual Show Your CLAWS Trivia Night and Fundraiser on May 7th. The trivia night was a huge success featuring a talk from our President and Founder Dr. Andrew Stein on our current efforts to conserve lions, leopards and wolves through innovative approaches to community engagements and research.
The meal was prepared by award winning chef Neftali Duran that highlighted locally grown veggies in the roasted asparagus soup, and green salad punctuated by shrimp pasta and his signature pulled pork tacos.
The trivia was hosted by Ian Goldsten, a long-time friend of Andrew, featuring questions about our study species in literature, music, movies and sports. Though team CLAWStrophobia won the trivia, there were many teams in the running for best name including LION CHEETAHS, Apocalypse MEOW, Roaring BattaLIONS, CAT/MAN/DUO and others.
Lastly, our raffle was competitive for the big prizes of the night- Box Seats to the Boston Red Sox sponsored by Bernie and Lois Edinberg, Whalewatch/ Dinner Combo on Cape Cod Sponsored by the Center for Coastal Studies and Land Ho! Restaurant, Yoga by Meredyth Klotz, Tango Lessons with Corin Lee Girard, Pole Dancing Lessons from Barre and Pole Northampton, a Night of in the ESP Clay Studio, Wildlife Photos from Andrew Stein and Lion Sponsorship from CLAWS Conservancy.
The winner of 10 day visit to our Botswana Lion Projects was Dan Beringer, who made the largest donation during the Seeing Spots Campaign! Thank you Dan and we look forward to seeing you in the field!
Including on-line contributions and the Seeing Spots Campaign, CLAWS raised $5,500!
Thank you to all of the volunteers who helped with set up, registration, raffle donations, bar service, clean up and especially Chef Neftali Duran and Ian Goldstein for making this such a special Inaugural Event! Photos provided by Patricia Squitiero and Elena Shih