DEARBORN – Friends for Animals of Metro Detroit will hold its first Best Buddies Brunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 4, at Park Place Caterers, 23400 Park St. Proceeds will go toward FAMD’s annual operations fund, providing animals with the best care possible until their time of adoption.
Admission for the brunch includes four tiers: $25 for age 12 and under, $45 for adults, $55 for premium tickets that include complimentary mimosas and Bloody Marys and $500 for the Brunch Buddies Premium ticket level, which includes a premium ticket with a reserved table for eight and event sponsorship.
The event will be hosted by Dan Miller, WJBK Channel 2 sports director, and TV voice of the Detroit Lions. It also will feature a special Hall of Friends induction sponsored by Mary Beth and Donovan Lane, honoring people who continually help to support animal welfare.
The brunch will offer a buffet accommodating gluten-sensitive, halal, vegan and vegetarian dietary needs. The event will feature children’s activities, a 50/50 raffle, and FAMD merchandise will be available for purchase.
Donations and reservations can be made online.
“We are excited to hold our first ever brunch event,” said Al Kammerer, FAMD Board member and Events Committee chairman. “We did a pre-event survey of our supporters, and the results guided the planning for the event, including food preferences, live music, kids’ activities, 50/50 raffle and a celebrity host.”
Live instrumental entertainment will be furnished by local band West of Windsor, “forged in the flames of the alternative inferno of the ’90s and refined by scholarly study of the MI.”
Money donated to FAMD is spent in numerous ways that support the organization’s daily operations.
Donations go toward buying food and paying for the medical needs of our animals, and helping to expand our adoption center to get all of our animals under one roof.
Eighty cents of every dollar donated for operations is spent directly on our animals.
All money donated to pay for the expansion of the MaryAnn Wright Animal Adoption and Education Center is directly deposited in that account, with the exception of donations made via third-party sources, which may be subject to small fees.
The average cost to ensure each animal is safe, healthy and ready for adoption is about $900. FAMD spends $750 per week on food for its dogs and cats.