Local Eateries Come to The Rescue of Pets in Need

Auction Silent“Eat, Drink and Bid Your Tails Off” is what the Providence Animal Rescue League’s (PARL) signature fundraising event, The Rescue is all about, and local fare is key. In its 6th year, The Rescue features some of the best local restaurants and culinary companies who put their best bite forward and compete to be the Top Dog in the “Top Dog” Culinary Competition. PARL strives to celebrate and share in the support of locally owned businesses.

“Building solid relationships with local businesses and organizations is important to PARL; connecting with our community and elevating their efforts is key to the success of our fundraising efforts,” said Fundraising Manager Connie Kile. “We are always grateful for the amount of support we receive from the local restaurants and companies in our community for this event.”

It’s our goal to showcase some of the most delicious and diverse food our state has to offer. With that in mind, two categories are in the competition and each restaurant has the option to compete in one or both categories – vegetarian and carnivore.

Previous entries such as Duck & Bunny’s Ruby Red Latke, a Beet Latke topped with Shy Brothers cloumage and scallions and Ten Steak & Sushi’s Ten Slider, Wagyu steak sliders with candied bacon, special sauce and aged cheddar on a brioche slider bun and Poco Loco’s Poco Donut, cheddar cornbread donut, with apple masala jelly, braised pork shoulder and a smoky bacon dust were just a few that were entered last year. Confidence is high that this year will showcase just as much taste and creativity!

Competitors this year will include Ten Steak & Sushi, Julian’s, Poco Loco, The Duck & Bunny, The Thirsty Beaver, Dave’s Marketplace, Boneheads, Say Cheese, Gastros and Whole Foods Market.

Celebrity judging will be in the capable hands of Al Matthews from the popular ‘Paul and Al’ morning radio show at 94HJY and Super Bowl Champion, Logan Ryan from the New England Patriots.

The Rescue includes a VIP Lounge with a reception at 6:00pm. Exclusive to the Lounge is open bar, and bourbon tasting by Bottles Fine Wine, passed hors d’oeuvres by Millonzi’s Fine Catering, fresh shucked oysters and craft beer from Revival Brewing Co. The main event kicks off at 7:00 pm and will be emceed by Michaela Johnson and Will Gilbert from The Rhode Show and will also feature live interviews by Brendan Kirby, also from The Rhode Show.

Many local businesses sponsor and donate their products and services to this event, from incredible professional lighting and sound by JDI Productions to the snazzy leather tufted furniture pieces by Party by Design. Support comes in many different ways that PARL is extremely thankful for.

“Fundraising events such as The Rescue, is a way for PARL to connect with its community and raise the necessary funds to support our programs and services,.” said Executive Director Carmine DiCenso. “Community support is crucial for PARL to succeed in its mission.”

And it all comes back to the animals, “Why we do what we do.”

Our collective efforts are to better the lives of the people and animals in the community. Proceeds from The Rescue help fund many critical programs and services such as Pets For Life, a program that provides ongoing neighborhood outreach and free services such as vaccinations and spay/neuter in under-served neighborhood’s of Providence.

Another cornerstone program is its adoption program. Thousands of animals are placed in loving homes every year through its efforts. PARL strives to create a judgment-free and caring environment for all community members and their pets in need of services.

PARL has been dedicated to improving the lives of companion animals since 1913; committed to continuously working to find solutions that help individuals and families with information and resources they need. With the on-going support from the community PARL will achieve its goal of a more humane future for the people and animals in the community.

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