Tuesday, February 19, 2013

You're Invited: Social Capital Hosts "Party for Paws"

Couldn't imagine life without your furry, four-legged friend? Join Social Capital at the upcoming "Party for Paws," the next in its series of parties with a purpose. You'll get a chance to learn about and support Coco's Heart Dog and Cat Rescue, Helping Paws of Minnesota, and Wags and Whiskers Animal Rescue of Minnesota. Without a doubt, it will be a paws-itively great evening!

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Social Capital Hosts "Party for Paws" on February 23, 2013 at Urban Eatery in Uptown

Join Social Capital on February 23 at Urban Eatery on the shores of Lake Calhoun for a "Party for Paws" benefiting three animal-related charities.

Social Capital is pleased to announce that it will hold its upcoming “party with a purpose" Saturday, February 23, 2013 from 9:30 p.m. until 2:00 a.m. at Urban Eatery in Minneapolis. Keeping with the model for which it has gained recognition, Social Capital will support three local non-profit organizations through this event. However, this event will be animal-related; all of the three organizations will be non-profits that involve animals. These organizations are Coco's Heart Dog and Cat Rescue, Helping Paws of Minnesota and Wags and Whiskers Animal Rescue of Minnesota.

“People have tons of passion around helping their furry friends,” said Emily Shannon, Executive Director of Social Capital. “We've wanted to throw a party that supported three animal-related causes for a long time.”

This Social Capital event raises money just like the preceding events—Social Capital lets attendees decide how much money they want to donate and choose what charity gets their donation. Attendees can learn about each charity while at the event and can donate as little or as much as they like. This method has proven successful in the past—attracting hundreds of people and raising thousands of dollars in a single night.

This model was born from the idea that there needed people to get involved in philanthropy in a simple, fun and affordable way.

“The very reason Social Capital exists is because we believe that social networks have power and that gatherings can create change,” said Shannon. “We serve the community with that in mind.”

Those interested in learning more about the upcoming event on February 23 are encouraged to visit http://www.iamsocialcapital.org or http://www.facebook.com/iamsocialcapital for additional information.

About Social Capital
Social Capital is a Minneapolis-based group that believes philanthropy should be fun and accessible to all. Founded in 2009, Social Capital began as a simple idea to help get friends, families and communities together through events that raise awareness and act as fundraisers for multiple philanthropic causes.

Social Capital believes there is strength in numbers and that a fun night on the town can be a powerful way to do good and party with a purpose. In the end, everyone wins. Check out http://iamsocialcapital.org/ for additional information.

About Coco's Heart Dog and Cat Rescue of Minnesota
Coco’s Heart Dog Rescue (CHDR) is an effort grounded in love, dedication and determination. The dream of establishing this rescue started back in 2000 when a very special dog, Coco, passed away unexpectedly at age five. The loss inspired Coco’s owner, 12 year-old Ashley, to save other canine friends in his name.

In late 2009, the dream started to become a reality. Now a nonprofit organization, CHDR is 501 (c)3 status. The goal of the rescue is to have a facility to house 20 dogs at a time, foster home placement, provide preventative and medical care, basic grooming needs, microchip and a warm and welcoming shelter until a forever placement is secured. For more information, visit http://cocosheartdogrescue.org

About Helping Paws of Minnesota
The mission of Helping Paws is to further the independence of individuals with physical disabilities through the use of service dogs. Service dogs assist individuals with many tasks, enabling them to live more independent lives. Trained to pick up dropped objects, open and close doors, turn light switches on and off, and get the phone, these incredible dogs can pick up a dime, help their partner transfer into a wheelchair, and respond to a 78-word vocabulary. To learn more about how Helping Paws and the amazing service dogs they breed, train and place, visit http://www.helpingpaws.org

About Wags and Whiskers Animal Rescue of Minnesota
Wags and Whiskers Animal Rescue of MN is a volunteer run 501(c)(3), non-profit animal rescue organization dedicated to saving the lives of homeless animals and educating the community on responsible pet ownership. Wags and Whiskers does not have its own facility. Instead, all animals stay in foster homes (and occasionally boarding partners) while they wait to find their forever home.  Because of this, Wags and Whiskers gets know the dogs' and cats' personalities very well and use this information to match them to an appropriate home. For more information on Wags and Whiskers, visit http://www.wagsmn.org

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