St. Augustine, FL â€“ St. Augustine Florida-basedÂ Aylaâ€™s Acres No-Kill Animal RescueÂ is pleased to presentÂ The M*A*S*H Gala: A Benefit for Aylaâ€™s Acres No-Kill Animal RescueÂ from 6 to 9 p.m.Â Saturday, Jan. 23 at The TPC Sawgrass Clubhouse in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.
The event will be emceed by actor Ed Asner, best-known as televisionâ€™s iconic Lou Grant, and features a reunion of cast members from the award-winning television seriesÂ M*A*S*H. Attending cast members include Mike Farrell (Captain â€œB.J.â€ Hunnicut), Jamie Farr (Corporal Maxwell Klinger), Loretta Swit (Major Margaret â€œHotlipsâ€ Houlihan), and a special appearance by an additional beloved cast member to be announced during the event.
TheÂ M*A*S*H GalaÂ will also feature a live auction where attendees may bid for a round of golf with Jamie Farr, lunch with either Mike Farrell, Loretta Swit, the surprise cast member, or Ed Asner, a trip to the Bahamas, and more.
A silent auction will be held as well. The Gala includes a gourmet dinner and music by Gainesvilleâ€™s Gosia and Ali featuring Harold Fethe. All proceeds from theÂ M*A*S*H GalaÂ will go to help buildÂ Peterâ€™s Friends Animal Resource Centerâ€™sÂ community low and no-cost spay, neuter, and vaccination clinic in St. Johns County.
According toÂ Aylaâ€™s Acres No-Kill Animal Rescueâ€™sÂ Executive Director, Fran Charlson, the M*A*S*H Gala is a once-in-a-lifetime event put together thanks to the efforts of a one-of-a-kind woman: Loretta Swit.
â€œLoretta has been a tireless advocate forÂ Aylaâ€™s AcresÂ and our mission for several years now and for her to put in so much time to coordinate and bring her friends together to support this cause is simply monumental,” Charlson said.
“She knows how committed we are to animal advocacy in St. Johns and the surrounding counties. She also knows that Northeast Florida euthanizes around 30,000 animals a year and that giving our community access to low and no cost spay and neutering is essential to drive that number down. So we are partnering up to make this happen!â€
Individual tickets are available as well as packages including 10-person tables and a limited number of VIP tickets for a reception with the stars prior to the event. Hilton Garden Inn Ponte Vedra will offer discounted rooms for people attending the event. All ticket pricing and additional information are available atÂ www.aylasacres.org.
Aylaâ€™s Acres No-Kill Animal Rescue, Inc. is a St. Augustine-based non-profit supporting adoption, spay and neuter, and responsible care of animals. Along with education, outreach, adoption and fostering programs,Â Aylaâ€™s AcresÂ maintains a 45-acre sanctuary where â€œunadoptableâ€ animals may live out their lives with peace, love, and dignity.Â The organization recently launched a $2.6 million dollar capital campaign to raise funds to buildÂ Peterâ€™s Friends Animal Resource CenterÂ in St. Johns County.Â Aylaâ€™s AcresÂ receives no government funding, relying instead on private donations of money, supplies, and items that are sold through their thrift shop,Â Aylaâ€™s AtticÂ (142 King Street, St. Augustine).Â