Don’t miss the Sept 9-10 inspiring “Black Cat Cabaret” Fundraiser for Pet’s Lifeline Sonoma; Ticket Contest Giveaway ($150 value)

What is the Black Cat Cabaret?

Experience a magical evening with performances by international cirque aerialists, acrobats and musicians in support of a good cause at the 2nd annual Black Cat Cabaret. This one-of-a-kind event takes place in an intimate venue that transports the audience into an exotic environment with a “Year of the Tiger” theme.

Twenty aerialists, artists, dancers and musicians, who perform daily in one of Las Vegas’ best-known theatrical shows, are taking a time out from the big stage to generously donate their time and talents to present entirely original acts in an exclusive local showing that will support the programs and services offered by Pets Lifeline, Sonoma Valley’s only animal shelter.

So what does this have to do about wine you ask?

Well, directly nothing. (Although I’ll be tasting wine at the event!)  But when I learned about this event from my friend Dyann, I was thrilled to help write and promote, for several reasons.

  • I am a massive dog fan. My current companion for the last decade is Flash, an amazing Aussie I got from rescue when he was two, after being abandoned once, then rescued and beaten in his adopted home. His resilient, majestic, loving presence has touched  the hearts of many throughout his life, and I am blessed to have found him; a gem among the many wonderful dogs of my life.
  • I am a huge fan of Cirque du Soleil. Their amazing demonstrations of human prowess and grace are stunning to behold, the closer the better.  A number of Cirque performers  volunteer in this fundraiser. You can see their bios here.
  • Simple Hedonisms was never just about wine; it celebrates the many simple pleasures, not ‘things’, that enrich our lives, good food, good friends, music, celebration of life; which for many in Sonoma County includes a furry friend who makes our heart lift when we come in the door after a hard day.

Enter to Win Tickets ($150 value):

This event WILL sell out again, but two lucky readers of Simple Hedonisms, and Two Fans of the Facebook page for Pets Lifeline of Sonoma will win a pair of tickets.

To win couldn’t be easier. Head to their Fan page, ‘Like’ Them and then tell us in your own thoughts

What is the best thing about adopting a cat or dog from a shelter?

Personally, I’d love it if you wish to embellish in your answer, or here in blog comments, any heart warming stories about your own adoptions and rescues; but make sure you post on the Fan site to be eligible to win.

Contest starts Thursday, August 26th on their Fan page and ends next Tuesday August 31st.

For a video about the amazing job Pets Lifeline does, and some insights to the show and auction:

More on Black Cat Cabaret

The 2nd Annual Black Cat Cabaret features renowned performers from Las Vegas in an all-original show to benefit Pets Lifeline of Sonoma.

Filled with spectacular theatrical exploits, the Black Cat Cabaret includes exciting pre-show entertainment, fabulous wines, local cuisine, a live auction of extremely distinctive items and special behind-the-scenes VIP receptions. All proceeds go to support the programs and services offered by Pets Lifeline, Sonoma Valley’s only animal shelter.

When: Thursday, September 9 and Friday, September 10

  • Time:  6:00 – 7:30 p.m. VIP Reception
  • 7:30 – General Admission check-in
  • 8:00 -10:00 p.m. Performance with Live Auction
  • Location: “Field of Dreams” (Fazio Field)
  • 151 First Street West, Sonoma, CA 95476

Tickets and Information: Phone: 707.996.4577 x 110, email: blackcat-tix@petslifeline.org, or online at their website.

Ticket tiers:

$250 Top Dog: Tickets include: Best seats in the house. Pre-show reception with food and wine at the Black Cat lounge and garden. Preferred parking at Veteran’s Hall. Complimentary beverage service at your seat. An invitation to join the artists backstage after the performance.

$175 Cool Cat: Tickets include: Second best seats in the house. Pre-show reception with food and wine at the Black Cat lounge and garden. Complimentary parking at Veteran’s Hall. Complimentary beverage service at your seat.

$75 General Admission: Due to limited supply General Admission tickets are only available by phone. Please call 707.996.4577 x110

The Sonoma Index-Tribune described the event as:

It was an event, an experience, that raised Sonoma Valley fundraising to a new level…an evening that will not be forgotten.

I will be down front enjoying the show, and actively bidding for a good cause, hope to see all of you – cheers!

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5 Responses to “Don’t miss the Sept 9-10 inspiring “Black Cat Cabaret” Fundraiser for Pet’s Lifeline Sonoma; Ticket Contest Giveaway ($150 value)”

  • Thank you for supporting such a great organization. I too had a “gem” that I recently lost to illness last week. I am not ready quite yet for a new “gem” but when I am and that day comes I will be wandering the Pets Lifeline shelter looking for him/her. They really are that special. I am so glad to see all the support around this event and Sonoma is so lucky to have PLL. I love what you wrote and I think I just found a new blog to read. ;-)

  • In saving the life of an animal they enrich yours with an amazing loyal & unconditional loving devotion. Most of the cats or dogs in my life have stepped into my life by a fated attraction while visiting a shelter or some even abandoned at a job or neighborhood. Everyday my pets remind me of the unending capacity for love we have, but theirs is untainted by mindless selfishness…making it almost difficult to fathom.
    What a spectacular idea for a charity! My husband introduced me to Cirque the year we met & it kindly rekindled the creative spark in my soul that had rested dormant in analytical careers. Now my job pays the bills so I can live fuller in love with wine, arts, pets, food (well you know) everyday!

  • I just lost my rescue dog, Bear, last week. I adopted him from a shelter and feel honored that he spent the second half of his life with us. I love dogs, often more than people, and hope to be ready to visit the shelter and get another one sometime soon.
    There’s nothing like a dog for great loving. And nothing like giving them more life when you get them from a shelter. People say that I did a good thing by adopting a middle-aged dog — it’s what I wanted. He gave more than I did. Love is all there is…

  • [...] written about a few weeks ago, the 2nd Annual Black Cat Cabaret features renowned performers from Las Vegas in an all-original [...]

  • Thank you so much for your support of PLL and The Black Cat Cabaret. Because of you, Flash, Dyann and your followers we were able to reach our goal. Sold out both shows and raised almost $200,000 for the shelter!

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