RANCHO SANTA FE–On May 1, the Foundation for Animal Care and Education (FACE) hosted its Bags and Baubles silent auction for its sixth consecutive year to raise funds and awareness for local pets in need of life-saving veterinary care.
Bags and Baubles gives chic animal lovers a chance to shop for a cause. Hundreds of designer handbags, jewelry, sunglasses, and accessories were auctioned to fundraise for families struggling to save their beloved pets from “economic euthanasia:” when a pet is euthanized for a treatable medical condition due to financial hardship of the owner. To date FACE has saved the lives of over 1,450 family pets, and the success of this year’s Bags and Baubles will save many more.
The Rancho Santa Fe estate named “Casa Compassion” by San Diego Home and Garden lent itself as a fantastic backdrop to the silent auction. Guests enjoyed gourmet and vegan appetizers, wine, and desserts while shopping, and opportunity prize winners walked away with luxurious beauty, wellness, and fashion packages.
Over 450 community members joined FACE at this life-saving event. Among guests were local TV personalities and FACE Success Story Lulu the Doxie. After suffering from IVDD (Intervertebral Disc Disease from acute trauma), Lulu was saved in 2011 by the Foundation and has been a beloved Bags and Baubles mascot since. She sported a fabulous pink dress, sunhat, pearl necklace, and a smile acknowledging her second chance at life. This year FACE raised over $125,000 from the event. 100% of the proceeds from this year’s Bags and Baubles will benefit pets in need of emergency veterinary care, like Lulu.
Established in 2006, FACE is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 public charity that provides financial assistance for emergency veterinary care. For more information, call (858) 450-3223 or visit www.face4pets.org.