Dancing with the Hawkettes - The Hawkettes Dance Team is volunteering their off-season time to raise funds for two great organizations. Dancing with the Hawkettes will take place on Sunday, April 15th at the Dousman House in Prairie du Chien. This year’s proceeds from Dancing with the Hawkettes will benefit Rivers & Bluffs Animal Shelter and the Music Fights Back Foundation.
Tickets and votes are available at Rivers & Bluffs Animal Shelter, 460 Cliffwood Dr. (behind Country Inn & Suites) on Mondays from 12-7 p.m. and Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 12-4 p.m., from select event organizers and on the website: dwtspdc.ticketleap.com/dwtspdc2018/.
Early Bird Tickets purchased prior to April 11th will receive 5 votes with the ticket. Tickets purchased after April 11th will each receive 2 votes. Additional votes will be available for purchase for $1 each.
Doors will open at 4 p.m. Tickets include a delicious chicken in white wine sauce dinner, catered by The Barn, as well as home-made desserts. Dinner will be served at 5 p.m. A cash bar will be available. Dance competition begins at 6:30 p.m. Tables can be reserved on the website with two different levels of seating available – Premium and Regular.
This year’s Dancing with the Hawkettes will include a Dessert Auction. Curt Kramer will be the auctioneer. A 50/50 Raffle will also be held, benefitting the Hawkettes Dance Team for costumes and competition expenses.
The roster of Dancing Partners includes the following:
  • Jade Afroukh and Bjorn Thompson 
  • Paige Severson and Nathan Bremmer 
  • Bree Holler and Robert Smudde
  • Kina Myers & Justin Cathman 
  • Caitlin Nolan and Ron Sedgwick 
  • Kara Katzung and Mark Seeley
  • Lauren Kennedy and Jeff Panka 
  • Archi Patel and Jeremy Cuff Morgan 
  • Kiesau and Gary Keeney
  • Rebekah Champion and Ken Hess

Lynn Rider, Ken Stoeffler, Tom Nelson and Ashley Morga will be the judges for this event. DJ Slam (Stewart Slaman) will provide the music for the dance competition and Mike McCoy as emcee will be sure to keep the crowd entertained.
This event is sponsored by Thrivent Insurance, AAA Awards, Rivers & Bluffs Animal Shelter, Hawkettes Dance Team, Music Fights Back Foundation, The Barn Restaurant and The Dousman House. For more information on Dancing with the Hawkettes, please contact Shelly Rider at 608-326-8775. Tickets are limited, so be sure to purchase early.
We are counting on you. I hope to see many of you there.

Pasta for Pets will be held on Wednesday, April 18th at Huckleberry’s Restaurant and Banquet Hall. It starts at 4:30 p.m. and serving will end at 7 p.m. This event includes a Salad, Pasta and Dessert Buffet, Live Action, Basket Raffle and a 50/50 Raffle. By the time you get this newsletter, Pasta for Pets will be about a week away. We have a great lineup for the Live Auction as well as some unique Baskets for the Basket Raffle. I believe we will have about 34 baskets for the Basket Raffle and about that same number of items for the Live Auction. 
Last year we made about $6,000.00. Please help to spread the word about Pasta for Pets and I hope many of you will consider attending this great fundraiser. If there are any volunteers who would like to help with bussing tables, clean up or set up.

RABAS Garage Sale – City Wide Garage Sale (April 19, 20 & 21st -half day) – Garage sale items are coming in and we have many nice items.

Rivers & Bluffs Animal Shelter’s Grand Opening is set for Saturday, June 2nd from noon – 4 p.m. Tina will be in charge of this and will be assisted by the Fundraising Committee.

Wisconsin-Iowa Shopping News Cutest Pet Contest – To celebrate April’s National Pet Month and our new animal shelter, Wisconsin-Iowa Shopping News will sponsor a Cutest Pet Photo Contest. Pet owners are invited to submit photos of their pets to the Shopping News. Registration forms are available at the Shopping News, 405 N. Marquette Road in PdC. Photos can be emailed to the Shopping News at cutestpetever@wcinet.com. Online voting can also be done at the same email address. For those emailing their pet’s photo, please include the following information with the photo: Pet Name, Age of Pet, Owner’s Name, Address, Email and Phone Number. Payment for emailed photos can be done by mailing payment to the Shopping News 405 N. Marquette Road, Prairie du Chien, WI 53821, paying in person or calling Shopping News at 608-326-2457 and paying with a debit or credit card. The deadline to enter the contest is April 5. The cost to enter your pet’s photo is $5 per photo with $2.50 per photo being donated to Rivers & Bluffs Animal Shelter. Voting will take place from April 9-April 19th and can be done online or by stopping in at Shopping News. First and second place winning photos will receive gift certificates to the sponsor business of their choice ($50 for 1st place, $25 for 2nd place). Rivers and Bluffs will donate a tee shirt or cap to the 3rd place winner. For more information, please contact the Shopping News at the number listed above.

RABAS Garage Sale – City Wide Garage Sale (April 19, 20 and 21st-half day) – Since we now have a big, beautiful garage, we thought, why not have a garage sale. Please save any items suitable for resale for the garage sale. No junk, please. We will start collecting items for the garage sale on Monday, April 2nd. Please contact Bev, Donna or Staci to schedule a time to drop off your garage sale items. Please let one of us know what you plan to donate and when you will drop it off so we can plan accordingly.

Princess for an Evening is set for Saturday, May 5th. Once again, all of the stars have aligned for this event to come together. This Father-Daughter Dance will be held at Huckleberry’s Banquet Hall, Juice MC will be the DJ, Brian Cipra has volunteered to be the photographer and Lynn Rider will get the guys out on the floor by providing a group dance lesson. We have received a $250 gift card from Thrivent Financial which will be used to cover expenses and advertising. Exit Realty – Tina Osterhaus – will donate 50 wrist corsages. If you would like to help with set up or the dance itself, please let Bev know.

Save Your Shoes for RABAS – Bev wants to try this again, even though everyone else thinks she is crazy. But now that we have our own place, complete with a big garage, shoe collection and storage should be much easier than the first time we did it. Once again, if you are cleaning out closets, please save your gently used shoes, boots, flip-flops, and sandals. They do need to be clean and in good shape. The collection will start in May. The start date has not yet been decided, but it will be after the Garage Sale.

Mothers’ Day Food Stand and Bake Sale at Nelson True Value is set for Friday and Saturday, May 11th and 12th. We will need people to volunteer at the food stand/bake sale and also to bake. If you can bake or help on May 11th or 12th, please let Bev know.

Rooster Andy’s Chicken Q will be held May 24th near Peoples State Bank on Blackhawk Ave. We will need volunteers to help with this. If you can help, please let Bev know. Volunteers, as you can tell by the above list, we have a lot going on in the next 2 months. We will need your help. If you can help with any of the events, it would be greatly appreciated. It’s a fun way to help RABAS and get to know fellow volunteers at the same time.

Meat Auction to benefit Rivers and Bluffs Animal Shelter – Judy Armstrong has set up a Meat Auction at Jim’s Bar on June 15th. Jim’s Bar and Mississippi Meats will handle most of the details. Meat auctions are very popular and have made recently made more than $2,000.00. This fundraiser will not require much work on our part. Judy and Jim will also donate a life-size (5-6-feet-tall) Bucky Badger that we will auction off that night. We are hoping to use the profits from this event to provide
vouchers for spaying and neutering cats. More on this to follow.