What a night for Natalie’s Second Chance

Sylvia’s Brick Oven was exploding with people last night. I arrived around 5:30 p.m. and was already have difficulty finding a place to park. It was even reported by one guest that they had to park two whole blocks away! That’s a long distance here in the big town of Lafayette.

In fact, it was so busy that according to Natalie’s Facebook page this morning, Sylvia’s Brick Oven ran out of spaghetti and extended the event to Valentine’s Day at 10 p.m.

Natalie's Donation Box

The donation box resting on a rustic piano in the lobby.

It was so great to see so many people of our community at Sylvia’s Brick Oven to support the dogs and Natalie’s Second Chance. Natalie herself was beaming with excitement and looked gorgeous in her long, black dress.

I had the opportunity to speak with Natalie for a short while and she told me that she is so incredibly grateful for all that the community does for the non-profit no-kill shelter. She told me that the shelter had veterinary bills in excess of $6,000 and hoped the SPAYgetti and NO meatBALLS event would put a dent in those bills.

By 6 p.m. the lobby at Sylvia’s was so full of people that you could hardly move, and the wait for a table was over an hour long. Despite the wait, guests were not grouchy and they all seemed to enjoy standing and sitting among one another sipping on glasses of wine and speaking about their experience with Natalie’s shelter.

Natalie's Table Decor

Every table had a photo of an adoptable dog on it as well as a donation card and rose.

One such guest that I got to speak with told me that they had just adopted an Irish Wolfhound mix from Natalie five days prior to the event and were so inspired by Natalie’s facility and work that she does for the community that they came to dinner to help in any way possible.

The guest had been on the search for a new pet at other local shelters in the area and were relieved when they came to Natalie’s. He and his wife noticed that all of the dogs at Natalie’s shelter seemed to be so happy and well taken care of.

He and his wife were in line for a table for an hour and fifteen minutes before they were seated.

Because the event was such a success and was extended an extra day I am unsure about how much money was raised for the shelter’s veterinary bills. As mentioned though, the Italian restaurant ran out of spaghetti dinners and I witnessed several people drop donations into the box in just a matter of minutes.

If you were unable to attend the event and would like to make a donation to the shelter’s veterinary bill fund, you can make a donation on their website or stop by the shelter during business hours.

I hope that you all got the chance to follow me on twitter @PoesPantry and the #NataliesSecondChance. The conversation last night was great and the food was even better.

If you got to attend the event, what did you have for dinner? It all looked amazing.


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