There are many ways of supporting the SPCA of Tompkins County if you’re a fan, from United Way pledges to matched donations to enjoying a hot dog on the Commons, but this week two cocktail bars are making Negroni Week a fundraiser for the animals.
A Negroni is a classic Italian cocktail, typically made with gin and Campari, and it’s a popular chilled aperitif this time of year. Enjoy a Negroni at the Rook or at Madeline’s anytime during International Negroni Week, which runs from June 6th through June 12th, and these establishments will donate $1 for each Negroni to the SPCA.
According to the SPCA, “From 2013 to 2014, Negroni Week grew from more than 100 participating venues to more than 1,200 participating venues around the world and more than $120,000 raised for charities. In 2015, more than 3,500 venues around the world mixed their favorite Negroni variations and raised over $320,000 for charitable causes.”
SPCA executive director Jim Bouderau says the summer months give the organization its “largest influx of animals,” with “kitten season” bringing in 450-500 kittens between June and August each year. “We love that businesses think of fun and creative ways to support us and are very grateful for their generosity,” Jim says.
Just a week ago, the SPCA completed a $51,500 challenge match. “We have many accomplishments over the last fifteen years of which we are tremendously proud,” Jim tells us. “We have spayed or neutered more than 16,607 owned animals through our low-cost spay and neuter program; returned more than 3,200 lost animals to their owners; corralled hundreds of feral cats through our trap/neuter/release program; trained thousands of volunteers who work directly with our animals; enrolled 670 area youth in our summer Camp SPCA program; transported 613 animals from other animal shelters and rescue groups,” and lots more.
Naturally, you don’t have to enjoy a cocktail to help out the SPCA. Anyone who’d like to donate to directly can make a secure online gift toward the challenge at spcaonline.com by clicking the “Donate Now” graphic, can mail a check to the SPCA at 1640 Hanshaw Road, Ithaca, New York 14850, call 607-257-1822, or visit either the shelter or the SPCA Annex at the Shops at Ithaca Mall.