A raffle winner shows off her prize at the Black Cattail Party fundraiser in Gulfport on Saturday October 29, while SPCA Tampa Bay CEO Martha Boden, standing in rear with hat, cheers her on. The event was held in a private home to collect money for a dental x-ray machine for SPCA Tampa Bay’s new Veterinary Center at 3250 5th Ave. N., St. Petersburg. Bronwyn Stanford said she decided to host the fundraiser in her Gulfport home after her kitten died for lack of a similar machine.
“She inspired me,” said Stanford, who works in Miami as a regional managing director for the Florida Department of Children and Families. The machine will cost around $17,000. The event included food, libations, music and raffle items, all donated by local merchants and individuals.
Said Boden, “We couldn’t do the work we do without support from the community.” SPCA Tampa Bay is an independent, non-profit agency.