Abandoned Angels Cocker Spaniel Rescue of New York held their first cocktail party fundraiser last month in Manhattan raising $25,000. Donations came from cocker lovers and corporate sponsors through ticket sales and silent auction. Attendees were treated with a live performance from Grammy Award winner Roberta Flack singing “Killing Me Softly With His Song.” One guest was lucky enough to win private singing lessons from Flack herself through the silent auction.
Abandoned Angels will use the proceeds to pay for veterinary treatment needed for the many cockers in their care. “We have a lot of dogs in our rescue that are waiting for medical treatments and surgeries, so we truly appreciate any help the public may offer,” said Madeline Elghanayan, co-chair of NY Abandoned Angels Rescue. Dolores Rodrigues, rescue founder, was pleased with the event turnout. Rodrigues continues to raise awareness of cocker spaniels in need–the breed she loves so much.