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Remaining Basket Ideas

  • Family Night In– DVD, board game, cards, snacks
  • Kids Camping– pup tent, flashlight, batteries, items for smores, compass
  • Hiking– backpack, hiking guide, can coolers, swiss army knife, compass, park maps around KC, bug spray, snacks, canned beverages
  • Winter- snow shovel, holiday lights, couch blanket, hot chocolate, sidewalk de-icer
  • Halloween– Halloween decorative items
  • Team Spirit– KU, MU, K State, etc- grill cover, can koozies, pop up ice chest, grill tools, bumper sticker
  • Winter Wonderland– disk sled for the basket, scarf, gloves, hat
  • BBQ– BBQ sauce, meat seasonings, tongs, spatula, skewers, BBQ themed apron, basting brush, grilling cookbook
  • Royals Baseball– Royals bucket, hat or visor, peanuts (in shell), baseball glove, bumper sticker, baseball cards
  • Bookworm– Barnes and Noble gift card, bookmark, lap blanket
  • Tea Time– tea pot, various flavored teas, Godiva dark chocolate truffles, chocolate pretzels, chai and rooibos tea shortbread cookies, chocolate caramels, strawberry preserves, Lily O’Brien’s double chocolate chip cookies and sugar sticks complement the teas.
  • Picnic – picnic basket, checkered tablecloth, cheese, crackers, meats, bug spray, citronella candles
  • Spa– loofah, fragrant soaps and lotions (bath and body works?), bathrobe, candles, bath beads
  • Relaxation– wind chimes, yoga book or cards, meditation book, herbal teas, candles
  • Lottery tickets– lottery scratcher tickets of all kinds
  • Guy’s Night– poker tabletop, poker chips, cards, chip and dip platter, cigars, beer mugs, coasters
  • Hot Wheels – lots of hot wheels cars, trucks, anything with wheels.
  • Dog Spa– dog tote carrier, dog shampoo, bath spray, doggie bathrobe, nail clippers, brush, charms for dog collar
  • For the Birds- bird house, bird seed, bird watching book to identify different types, bird feeder
  • Beer Basket– place all items in a cooler, collection of single bottles of many different beers (some liquor stores do mix/match 6 packs, could also try some of the Boulevard Smokestack series bottles), bottle opener, coasters, pretzels, nuts,
  • Good Luck Gift– four leaf clover items, horseshoe, ladybug, candy, cookies
  • Teacher Gift– items that relate to apples, cinnamon apple tea, apple chips, apple flavored jelly beans, coffee mug, pens/pencils

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Live Auction Item Ideas

Live Auction Ideas

We need 15 live auction items preferably with a value of close to $500 each

According to Tanna, Trips, Food and Wine sell very well at her auctions

Anyone know someone willing to donate:

  • Timeshare stay (one couple donates a 3-4 night stay in Branson each year- looking for something similar to this where we can package it with other options like air fair or a car rental or something)
  • Frequent flier miles- these can be donated
  • Season tickets holder who would donate their seats/parking pass for 1 game (Royals, Chiefs, KU, MU, Sporting KC)

 

Other ideas we need contacts and/or people to ask for donations:

  • KC Ballet tickets (pair with dinner and limo?)

http://www.kcballet.org/performancestickets/buytickets/giftcertificates.html

  • Royals – dugout seats
  • KU tickets to a game (possibly from a season ticket holder?)
  • MU tickets to a game (possibly from a season ticket holder?)
  • Howl at the Moon- Happy Hour Party
  • Stanford and Sons- comedy show tickets
  • Dave and Busters- Dinner certificate and gift card to play games
  • Ballroom dancing lessons
  • “Editor for a day” – KC Star
  • Coterie Theater tickets
  • Schlitterbauhn- season passes
  • Worlds of Fun/ Oceans of Fun- season passes
  • T-Bones- tickets and autographed merchandise
  • Sporting KC- Miranda has sent request
  • KC Chiefs- tickets/parking pass (possibly from a season ticket holder?)
  • KC Symphony- tickets
  • Ballet tickets
  • KC Zoo- painting by an animal and/or campout over night
  • Westin Crown Center- overnight stay
  • Turpentine Creek- feed a tiger, Treehouse bungalow stay
  • Chateau Avalon- Bed and Breakfast, overnight stay
  • Re/Max- Hot Air Balloon Ride
  • Jewish Community Center- fitness pass and tickets to a musical
  • Waterway Car Wash- Clean Car Club membership certificate
  • Marriott- overnight stay
  • KC Rep theater- tickets to a show
  • Incred-a-Bowl- happy hour party
  • Gym Membership- 24 hour fitness, community center
  • Jewelry Store- tennis bracelet
  • Hampton Inn at Legends- overnight stay
  • Tivoli Cinema- movie passes
  • AMC Theaters- passes for 2 to a year of movies
  • Bearden’s Stained Glass
  • Limo rental
  • Beauty Brands- basket with products and services
  • Event Space rental- Berg Event Space, 1617 Event Space, Union Station,
  • Boulevard- Beer tasting for 30 people 
  • Car rental certificate
  • Catered dinner party (either by a restaurant or catering company)
  • iPad or Android tablet (Motorola Zoom)
  • Round of golf at a nice course including cart
  • Cooking class with an executive chef
  • Gift card to a high end boutique
  • Amini’s Galleria- has donated a pool table or air hockey table to groups in the past
  • Private tour of the Nelson Art Gallery by a tour docent and lunch at Rozelle Court
  • Wine for a year certificate from a liquor store
  • Chocolate for a year certificate from a chocolatier
  • Roses for a year certificate from florist
  • Single bottles of wine

 

Restaurant Certificates- preferably for a party of 8-10

  • Tasso’s
  • Capital Grille
  • Lidia’s
  • Elephant Bar
  • Bristol
  • Fogo de Chao
  • Houlihans
  • Longhorn
  • Westport flea market (they have done a certificate for 1 free burger and fries each month for a year or a Monday night football party for 25 people with free food and beer for other groups)
  • Cheesecake factory
  • J. Alexanders

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Items still needed for RED day

Please let us know if you have any of these items available to donate for the shelter makeover May 12th.  We are also accepting cash donations and Home Depot or Lowe’s gift cards to purchase the remaining supplies that we cannot get donated.

Thanks so much to everyone who has already offered money and supplies! This makeover is going to make a world of difference for the people that spend every day tireless rescuing and finding homes for our animals.  The shelter will also make a much better impression on all who enter.

RED Day Wish List

1.      Paint supplies- rollers, roller skins, paint brushes, drop cloths and cut in tape (painters tape).

2.      Cleaning supplies & rags (supplies must be low odor)

3.      Either Kilz in spray can or ceiling panels to fix stained ones in the ceiling.

4.      4 office chairs on wheels

5.      12 small scale chairs to put throughout shelter for visitors- something light weight and easy to move

6.      2- 3” binders and clear sheet protectors.

7.      5 large metal industrial shelves ( they have these at Lowe’s they are 72 tall, w/ 16inch shelves, would prefer them to be 24 inches deep if possible)

8.      4- 2 drawer filing cabinets, don’t care what color, but prefer on casters so makes cleaning easier

9.   Letter size manila folders & hanging files

10.   Paintable MDF board and 1 bys to create shelving identical to what is currently in the kitchen. ( 2 shelves high, 24 inches deep and 12 ft long against the wall)

11.   4 new screen door to exam rooms, the current ones are damaged (doors are 32”)

12.   2 metal baby gates to close off front reception area, they have to be the kind you step on to open, lots of the volunteers are older and cannot walk over a gate)

13.   Desk for exam room, so that the other furniture can be tossed, It doesn’t work to store papers and to make that room functional.

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RED Day Shelter Makeover provided by Keller Williams

Wednesday, Mar. 09, 2011

For Amber, HELP and the cats, ‘no’ isn’t going to fly

By Allen Edmonds, The Star Herald

It’s a good thing Amber Branson rarely takes “no” for an answer.

“Nobody’s saying no,” she said. “Everybody has a soft spot for animals.”

The Belton woman’s latest mission comes as a result of her husband’s sales position with Keller Williams Realty. Lonnie Branson joined the firm a couple of years back, and Amber watched as local agents rallied on “RED Day” to gather volunteers and supplies to spruce up Belton’s Head Start headquarters.

The name of the annual May event, a staple for Keller Williams offices nationwide, represents “Renew, Energize and Donate.” Each year, on the second Thursday of May, tens of thousands of Keller Williams associates from across the United States and Canada take the day off, devoting their time to a wide range of projects, renewing and energizing aspects of the neighborhoods in which they work and live.

So for this year’s project, set for May 12, the company’s new KW Cares Charity Coordinator directed her energy toward what she saw as the most immediate need.

Belton’s HELP Humane Society, 511 Main, can use all the help it can get, she said. “A lot of people don’t even know it’s there. They don’t get help from the (national) Humane Society – it seems like they don’t get regular help from anyone. Everything they accomplish is based on individuals doing what they can.”

And with her love for cats, the choice was a natural once she was put in charge of organizing RED Day on a local basis.

With project day more than two months away, there’s more than enough preparation needed to ensure the commitment’s success, she said. To that end, she has lined up local businesses to donate supplies, skilled labor and cash, and is seeking more.

“Tom O’Connor with Carpet-for-Less is re-doing 20 cat trees. I don’t think people realize what’s involved in that – carpeting 20 structures that look like jungle gyms.”

In addition, she has lined up the cleaning service she uses for the rental units she operates, Brenda Maddox; construction services and supplies from C&M Builders; a plumber, Brian Williams; and an electrician, Mike Godsell.

Cash donations have come from such sources as Matt Davidson of State Farm Insurance in Raymore and Bryan Mallory of Country Club Bank in Raymore.

And she’s still seeking more, not only from businesses, but from individuals. “We could use Home Depot gift cards – $5 at a time would really help,” she said. “Scoopable cat litter, all kinds of supplies to keep them going.”

She said donors need to be conscious of the types of supplies that are provided, and the society’s Website (www.helppets.org) contains a list of the products that are in constant need. “We need to remember that some of the cats that live there spend their entire lives there. Our goal is to give them a comfortable life. This is truly a no-kill shelter.”

Uncaged, the cats roam free throughout most of the facility, sleep in their chosen favorite spots and climb the cat trees.

Directed by Cindi Dill, the shelter established itself at its current location in 2005, and houses dozens of cats and kittens.

Branson can be reached at 816-830-8661, or by email at amber@lonniebranson.com.

aedmonds@thestar-herald.com

 

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Rock the Paw 2011

Awesome band GUS will perform! Drink and food specials, raffle!… Come participate in any or ALL!!! Tickets on sale now!
This just in – For raffle – 32″ Flat Screen TV from Matt Davidson (State Farm Agent/Raymore, MO) 2-$25 gift certs from Balls Price Chopper!

Prizes are:
32″ Flat Screen TV
Starlight Tickets w/Parking Pass to The King & I
Round of Golf for 2 w/cart @ Country Creek Golf Course
Whistle Stop Gift Basket
$50 Price Chopper Card
& more!

Contact HELP to purchase tickets to the event $5 in advance or $7 at the door!
Come Hang Out with US! It will be a FUN NIGHT!!

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Picassos for Pets 2011

Support local art while raising money for the cats and dogs of HELP Humane! The evening will feature a silent auction, giving patrons the chance to bid on one of a kind pieces donated by local artists; several vendors displaying their wares and taking custom orders; drinks, appitizers and the chance to mingle.

Attendees of last years event had a great time and took home some beautiful paintings, ceramics, photography, woodworking and quilts. This year there is no ticket price to attend so bring some friends and expect to have a wonderful evening!

 

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2011 BTA Gift Basket Ideas

 We are asking for everyone’s help with auction items for the Black Tail Affair this year.  We have found that gift baskets tend to sell very well. We have come up with many different ideas for baskets; most are around the $20-$25 cost for the items (although they can be more!).  If every volunteer/supporter put together their own basket we could sell them at the BTA and make a very nice profit. 

If you happen to have contacts that might donate any of the below items, please let us know.

If you would rather purchase the items and have another shelter volunteer put the basket together, or if you would like to donate cash towards the purchase of items please contact Miranda at miranda80@aol.com.

You do not have to include everything listed for a basket.  Also if you have your own ideas for a basket, run with it! These are just some ideas to get you started.

THis is a site with even more ideas: http://www.homemade-gift-basket-ideas.com/index.html

Basket Ideas

 

  • Gardening– big flower pot, gardening gloves, small hand shovel, seed packets or bulbs Natalie Stephenson will drop re-gifted gardening items at the shelter to go in this basket
  • Movie Night– AMC gift certificate or DVD, microwave popcorn, boxed candies, 20oz diet dr pepper(2)
  • Gift Wrap– 1 roll and 1 gift bag for each holiday, random ribbon, bows, misc tissue paper Amber
  • Automotive– bucket containing sponge, car wash soap, tire shine, shammy, glass cleaner, gift card for an oil change, jumper cables, washer fluid, car air freshener
  • Wine– couple bottles of wine, cheese, crackers, wine glasses, corkscrew Deb Labakken
  • Martini– martini glasses, flavored martini mixes, decorative drink stirrers
  • Margarita– margarita glasses, flavored margarita mixes (unfrozen), colored straws, paper umbrellas  Amber
  • Family Night In– DVD, board game, cards, snacks
  • Kids Camping– pup tent, flashlight, batteries, items for smores, compass
  • Hiking– backpack, hiking guide, can coolers, swiss army knife, compass, park maps around KC, bug spray, snacks, canned beverages
  • Fall- hot chocolate, 2 coffee mugs, fall smelling candle (pumpkin, cinnamon, etc), apple cider mix
  • Winter- snow shovel, holiday lights, couch blanket, hot chocolate, sidewalk de-icer
  • Halloween– Halloween decorative items
  • Team Spirit– KU, MU, K State, etc- grill cover, can koozies, pop up ice chest, grill tools, bumper sticker
  • Golf– (pretty sure we still have a donated putter), golf theme coffee mug, golf balls, markers, tees, towel, divot repair kit, can cooler, sunscreen, golf magazine, pretzels, trail mix, granola bars Miranda will do this one
  • Massage– Massage gift certificate, aromatherapy candle (have a certify already) Miranda will do this one
  • Winter Wonderland– disk sled for the basket, scarf, gloves, hat
  • BBQ– maybe we can get a gift certificate from Twisted Brisket?, BBQ sauce, meat seasonings, tongs, spatula, skewers, BBQ themed apron, basting brush, grilling cookbook
  • Fishing– small tackle box or minnow bucket, bobbers, kids pole, lures, hooks, pliers, pocket knife, sun screen, bug spray, first aid kit  Kathy Ireland might do this one
  • First Aid- small box/kit that is sealable, bandaids, Neosporin, rubbing alcohol, thermometer, gauze, (I believe all of these can be purchased at the $1 store) Kathy M.
  • Baby Gift– put all items in a small laundry looking basket- one for a boy and one for a girl- onesies, washcloths, wrist rattles, blankets, stuffed toy, binkies, baby brush, boy/girl baby booties, diapers
  • Swimming– large canvas bag to put it all in, pool noodles (2), blow up raft or beach ball, goggles, snorkel, diving sticks, sunblock
  • Chocolate Lovers– all sorts of different kinds of chocolate, chocolate cook book, brownie mix
  • Royals Baseball– Royals bucket, hat or visor, peanuts (in shell), baseball glove, bumper sticker, baseball cards
  • Bookworm– Barnes and Noble gift card, bookmark,
  • Coffee Addict– coffee mug, various coffee beans, coffee grinder Debbie C.
  • Baking– Sugar cookie mix, sprinkles, cookie cutters (Christmas or fall themed?)
  • Tea Time– tea pot, various flavored teas, Godiva dark chocolate truffles, chocolate pretzels, chai and rooibos tea shortbread cookies, chocolate caramels, strawberry preserves, Lily O’Brien’s double chocolate chip cookies and sugar sticks complement the teas.
  • Under the weather– chicken noodle soup, crossword puzzles, DVD, hot chocolate, hot tea, honey, Sprite, puzzle books
  • Picnic – picnic basket, checkered tablecloth, cheese, crackers, meats, bug spray, citronella candles
  • Spa– loofah, fragrant soaps and lotions (bath and body works?), bathrobe, candles, bath beads
  • Day at the Beach– large canvas bag to put it all in, beach towels, sunscreen, lip balm, sand castle building tools, lawn chairs, shells, toy frisbee, small snacks
  • Pampered Mom– Lotions, soaps, shampoo & conditioner, candles, plush bathrobe and bath towels, books or a gift certificate to a book store, gift certificate to a local spa (massage, facial, nails, hair, CD player and soothing/relaxation CDs, nail polish
  • Relaxation– wind chimes, yoga book or cards, meditation book, herbal teas, candles
  • Home Improvement– tool box, paint brushes, rollers, paint buckets, sander, drill, extension cord, light bulbs, batteries (AA or 9V for smoke detectors) Diana Ustic will do this one
  • Stationary– Note cards, stationary sheets, envelopes, stamps, pens, journals, holiday cards Amber
  • Lottery tickets– lottery tickets of all kinds
  • Guy’s Night– poker tabletop, poker chips, cards, chip and dip platter, cigars, beer mugs, coasters
  • Ice Cream Lovers– bowls, ice cream scoop, toppings, sprinkles, nuts, cones
  • Hot Wheels – lots of hot wheels cars, trucks, anything with wheels.
  • TLC – foot wash, “Calgon”, candle, bath beads, manicure set, lotions
  • Sidewalk Gamessidewalk chalk, bubbles, kids bowling game
  • Cat lovers basketcat sign, treats, toys etc  Debbie C.
  • Cat Basket cat bed, photo frames, catnip, brush, nail trimmers, cat treats Miranda
  • Avon Basket- mens and ladies  Debbie C.
  • Kitchen items- handmade, sewn potholders, kitchen towels, misc kitchen items  Shirley Maples
  • The Perfect Lawn- gift certificate for lawn service, gift certificate for poop scoop service (Stinkies?), bottle of weed killer, grass seed
  • For the Birds- bird house, bird seed, bird watching book to identify different types, bird feeder
  • Beer Basket– place all items in a cooler, collection of single bottles of many different beers (some liquor stores do mix/match 6 packs, could also try some of the Boulevard Smokestack series bottles), bottle opener, coasters, pretzels, nuts,
  • Baking– stainless steel mixing bowl (or a set), could package with Shirley’s kitchen items?
  • Dog Spa– dog tote carrier, dog shampoo, bath spray, doggie bathrobe, nail clippers, brush, charms for dog collar
  • Branson TripValentine’s day weekend stay near Branson certificate, Branson maps, disposable camera, travel shampoo, bath wash, soap
  • Good Luck Gift– four leaf clover items, horseshoe, ladybug, candy, cookies
  • Handyman– galvanized pail or large bucket, tool belt, tools, flashlight, tape measure- Diana U.
  • Teacher Gift– items that relate to apples, cinnamon apple tea, apple chips, apple flavored jelly beans, coffee mug, pens/pencils

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