The Secret Gallery hosted a dinner and art auction on August 3, 2019 for 30 guests and raised $3800 for Clatsop Animal Assistance (CAA).
CAA is a non-profit animal welfare organization that supports the Clatsop County Animal Shelter by paying for veterinary care, cat litter, grooming and other supplies and by promoting the shelter’s adoption program.
CAA president Marcy Dunning says, “On behalf of Clatsop Animal Assistance I want to thank you and all the generous donors at your event. Every dog and cat must be spayed or neutered before going to its adoptive home and part of our mission is to cover a portion of the spay/neuter fees. The amount raised at the dinner will cover about a third of CAA’s part of these fees for the year. We and the shelter animals thank you!”
The Secret Gallery event, titled “Humane Behavior,” began with an appearance by Mary Altieri of Mary’s Milk Monsters and her goat, Jasper, who welcomed guests as they arrived. A 4-course vegan dinner prepared by Chef Kenneth Booth of Busū was served, followed by cookies in the shape of The Secret Gallery logo and a trio of sorbets created by Linda Perkins, the co-host of “Food Talk” on KMUN in Astoria. Before and during the dinner, Joey Altruda played jazz standards on electric guitar.
Following the dinner, sideshow performer Titano Oddfellow surprised guests with a sword swallowing act. The evening concluded with a live art auction hosted by Morrison Pierce which featured works by Jill McVarish, Dave McMacken, Robert Paulmenn, Dave Benz, Lisa Kaser, Karen Wippich, and Hickory Mertsching.