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TIGERS ♠to Paint !! by Doug Smith

The year 2010 is the Year of the Tiger and Big Cat Rescue is celebrating in a big way with the 11th annual Fur Ball on Friday October 8th, 2010. Join Big Cat Rescuers for an evening of wild fun and a feast fit for a king (of the jungle that is).

Proceeds from the Fur Ball will fund both the ongoing care of more than 100 big cats that reside at the 45-acre sanctuary in Tampa, FL as well as the tiger conservation efforts of the International Tiger Coalition.

Big Cat Rescue is pleased to announce that Ms. Donna Vivino, who plays Elphaba, lead character in the in the First National Tour of Wicked (The Emerald City Company) has been selected as recipient of the sanctuary’s 2010 â€Guardian Angel†award.

Donna will be the guest of honor at the sanctuary’s Annual Fur Ball Gala on Friday, October 8th at the A La Carte Pavilion in Tampa to accept her award.

Ms. Vivino was selected to receive the sanctuary’s prestigious award in recognition of her advocation for animal and human welfare causes around the world. Read more about Donna Vivino and see a video of the cast of Wicked's visit to Big Cat Rescue.

Get your tickets now!

Call 813 323 5991

Read on for de-tails.

LIVE AUCTION TRIPS †ISLE OF CAPRI & MONACO... Check out the International Trips and other unique items that will be offered in our Live Auction HERE


DATE & TIME: Friday, October 8th, 2010 6:30PM to Midnight

LOCATION: The fabulous A La Carte Event Pavilion at 4050 Dana Shores Dr. Tampa, FL 33634 off Memorial Highway by Rocky Point Golf Course. For detailed directions and information click HERE.

ATTIRE: We call the unique Fur Ball attire â€Safari Costume Formalâ€. This includes traditional formal attire, big cat prints, safari or jungle themed costume, or any mix in between, such as part formal with cat print accessorizing. Being the Year of the Tiger, tiger striped attire would be a natural fit. Be creative and have fun with it! Prizes will be awarded! Let your imagination run wild! For examples from the past see our Furball Photos.


LIVE AUCTION TRIPS †ISLE OF CAPRI & MONACO... Check out all 6 International Trips and other unique items that will be offered in our Live Auction HERE

GOURMET SEATED DINNER Dine on a gourmet seated dinner by the wonderful chef at A La Carte.
DRUMMING CIRCLE. Pound away your frustrations at the Drumming Circle with Jana Broder's Drum Magic.
COSTUME CONTEST. Win a great prize in our Costume Contest
SILENT AUCTION. Bid for great prizes in our Silent Auction.
DANCE TO LIVE MUSIC. The lively beat and dazzling stage show of the DeLeon Band will have you rocking and swinging all night. The band has played in Europe, on Regis & Kathy Lee Live, Lifetime Television, Jack Harris Live to name a few.
WHEEL OF FUR-TUNE CASINO TABLE. Special wheel with our own cat faces custom created by Dan Mar Productions. Great prize to be announced soon.
To read about last year's Fur Ball go HERE. To see photos go HERE

Want to receive future details about the 2010 Fur Ball via email? Sign up HERE

For information on event sponsorship, including corporate and meida, please contact Jeff Kremer at or 813-373-9033.

If you would like to donate an item for the silent auction, dcor for the event, centerpieces for 60 guest tables, or any other goods or service please contactJamie Veronica at

Big Cat Rescue, a non profit educational sanctuary, is devoted to rescuing and providing a permanent home for exotic (i.e. wild, not domestic) cats who have been abused, abandoned, bred to be pets, retired from performing acts, or saved from being slaughtered for fur coats, and to educating the public about these animals and the issues facing them in captivity and in the wild.

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