Foodies for Fido to raise money for spay-neuter
by Sarah Fay Campbell
Love delicious food? Love animals? Then Foodies for Fido is for you.
Fine food and fun for a great cause are on the menu for the second annual Foodies for Fido, coming up Thursday, March 27, from 5:30 to 9:30 at the Wyndham Peachtree City.
Eighteen local restaurants and caterers will be handing out delicious treats. There will be live music and an array of valuable raffle prizes. There will also be a cash bar.
Foodies for Fido is a fundraiser for Pedal for Pets, which helps to provide free and low-cost spay/neuter services for pets in Coweta, Fayette and surrounding counties. “I am banking on this event to be able to fund some serious one-day spay/neuter incentives in Coweta and Fayette, as well as other surrounding counties that really need our funding,” said Wendy Maguire, founder of Pedal for Pets.
Tickets are $50 each, and raffle tickets are $10. Tickets may be purchased online at www.pedalforpets.org or at the door. Credit cards are accepted.
Raffle prizes include three “getaway” trips, jewelry, yoga and Pilates packages, a cooking class, personal shopper services and a landscape design package. “We have and are still getting some amazing raffle prizes,” said Maguire.
Musical guests include Capo3, Neil Cribbs, Hunter Callahan and Kris Youmans. Michael Stuart will emcee the event.
The food vendors are: Casa Vieja, The Flying Biscuit, The Beirut, Katie Lou’s, Borgo Italia, The Wyndham, Branch and Vince, Top Nosh, Georgia Shrimp Company, Brixx Pizza, Southern Ground Social Club, Due South, Crosstown Grille, Maguire’s, TCBY, Chef Nancy, Smoothie King and Sisters Bakery.
The first Foodies for Fido, held last year, was a great success, raising more than $10,000. Tickets to the first event were $100. With the lower ticket prices, “I hope to get triple the people,” said Maguire.
Pedal for Pets started in 2011 when Maguire and her son Robbie decided to bicycle from Senoia to Savannah. The Senoia to Savannah ride has grown each year, and there is also a one-day ride in Senoia each summer.
In the first three years, Pedal for Pets raised more than $100,000 for local groups and helped spay and neuter more than 1,400 pets.
Pedal for Pets became its own standalone organization in May 2013. Since then, it has provided funding to spay or neuter more than 600 dogs and cats, and provided more than 3,000 pounds of pet food for shelters and food banks.
“Right now, it is the goal of Pedal for Pets to reach out with more funding, to other communities and groups who would like to pursue this form of humane and caring animal control, by providing grant funding.”
In addition to providing funding for free and low-cost spay and neuter surgeries, “we want to educate people and change long time, generational beliefs about spay/neuter,” Maguire said. "We also want to help people understand what responsible pet ownership means and that dogs and cats really do ‘feel’ and have souls. A chained up, penned up or neglected existence is not what God intended."