By Jeff Rebitski 

Staff Writer

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RIVERTON – The night was full of laughter and excitement at St. Margarets School Auditorium on Saturday night when the annual Paws and Pearls Banquet to raise money for the Riverton Shelter that provided respite and care for animals brought to the shelter. The shelter searches and places animals in homes with the help of a group of dedicated volunteers.

The evening was planned by a team of volunteers and the venue was appointed exquisitely with fresh flowers and white linen. Each table was decorated with fine chocolates and bottles of wine to be consumed at the pleasure of the guests. 

The festivities included so much to see and hear and at times was almost too much to absorb. Pacing oneself was important as one moved from table to table around the room. Each table along the north side of the room had a different style and flavor of adult beverage to sample. From beer and wine to mixed drinks and cocktails that were new and designed specifically for the event by professional drink designers from around the region. 

Around the rest of the room, were the silent auction items that provided a vast variety of items that insured something for everyone and had prices to match. One did not have to spend a lot of money to pick up an item and support the greatest cause in Fremont County related to the pets that provide endless joy for all. 

The star of the evening’s events was the dinner provided by the Lander Catholic College who served an epicurean masterpiece of chicken with rice and asparagus, freshly prepared and served hot with a professional flair. 

The Central Wyoming College Women’s Basketball team were the hostesses that assisted with a myriad of tasks including seating guests and assisting with auction items. In speaking with one member of the team, she explained that the coach had “Volunteered” them for service and that they were all excited for the chance to support such a great organization. 

The Music for the night was provided by the Lost Springs Band who gave a stellar performance that included music from almost every genre and provided laughs and a sense of  joy for the guests. 

The number of supporters that make this event possible is long and distinguished. While we enjoyed the atmosphere and the fun, one has to remember that it is the people that make the difference. The sponsors that provide everything from the food to the beverages and flowers to the stemware we drank from. There are those who provided silent auction items and gift packages for the live auction while some simply gave the much needed cash that allows the organization to provide the best in care for the animals. The Stock Doc, as always, continues to provide the necessary medical care for all the animals. That in itself is a major contribution and without their care, the operation would fail in one of its primary functions. 

The following are a list of the supporters: 

16th Annual Paws and Pearls brought to you by: 

WHOLE PACK SPONSORS 

Hi Mountain Seasonings 

WyoToday Media 

Angie Rapone 

Wind River Casino 

TABBY SPONSORS 

Teton Therapy 

Remax 

Stock Doc 

County 10 

Gunners 

WHISKERS SPONSORS 

Cornerstone Realty 

Eyes on Fremont 

First Interstate Bank 

Drs. Candy and 

Joe Turner 

Kusel’s 

Carol and Dave Potter 

In and Outta Wyoming 

The auctions went well and the prices soared on items presented by Edwards Media’s own Rusty Harris and Andy Schwab of the Northern Ag Network, who auctioned each item with fidelity. In the end, it was unclear what the totals were, but there is a certainty that with all of the donated items, from trips to guns, and dinners to dishes, the amount raised will bring a sense of security to the staff and animals of the Paws for Life Animal shelter in Riverton. 

THANK YOU TO ALL OF OUR GENEROUS SILENT AUCTION 

DONORS!!!!! 

Range Solar 

Farmhouse Fresh 

Matt Wright 

Craig Johnson 

Kait Lynn Pauley 

Whitco Blasting 

Heather Britain 

Dr. Kent Stockton 

Out Sportin’ 

Quill Tattoo 

Mary Jackson 

Shannon Watts 

Julia Wilmerding 

Top of the Hill 

Blissful Bamboo 

Greg Beecham 

Debbie Kister 

Urban Details 

Erick Pauley 

Sherry Shelley 

Rustic Acres Creations 

Leanne Linnel 

Berry Patch 

Cathy Cline 

Brown Company 

Stock Doc Staff 

Savvy Shopper 

Baileys 

THANK YOU TO OUR WINE/SPIRITS/BEER VENDORS!!! 

Bomb Sommelier 

Taste of the West 

Sagebrush Wine Company 

Teton Distributors 

Backwards Distilling 

Tito’s Vodka 

Snake River Brewery 

Republic National 

Distributing

Sponsor table wines 

donated by 

the Hampton Inn