“Being vegan is a principled refusal to add to the violence of the world, and an intention to be a witness for something better.” -Gene Baur, president and co-founder of Farm Sanctuary
Farm Sanctuary Fundraiser
I hosted a fundraiser for Farm Sanctuary at Modern Times Brewery in Point Loma on Wednesday, October 15. Garden Grill provided amazing vegan food, an art student taught painting lessons, we had a killer raffle, and there was, of course, amazing vegan beer on tap!
(Sidenote: Modern Times is a completely vegan brewery! All their beers are vegan AND they only invite in food vendors that serve 100% vegan fare. On top of all that, the venue is gorgeous! So, if you’re a vegan in San Diego, go check ’em out!)
We raised more than double the amount of money that I had set as my goal! I was blown away by everyone’s generosity. The raffle was , and made possible by donations from local businesses. The art student, Claire, donated her time to teach the painting sessions for free so we were able to keep all the proceeds from the ticket sales. And Garden Grill donated a portion of their sales for the night as well. The night was a success because everyone believed in it, and everyone put their hands in to help.
It reaffirmed for me that the vegan community is full of kind, generous people who care and are willing to take action or make contributions toward change. I am so honored to be a part of this movement and am touched beyond belief by all the people who came out to support my efforts. As Gene so wisely states in the quote listed above, being vegan is an intention to be a witness for something better, and I truly felt that in the room that night.
For those of you unfamiliar with the organization: Farm Sanctuary was established in 1986 and has since helped thousands of rescued animals life comfortable, happy lives. The individual stories of these animals can be heartbreaking. I was particularly moved by the story of Thatcher, a goose, who was recently rescued by Manuel, a 9 year old boy who saw some adults dumping a box of goslings (baby geese) into a yard for a dog to eat. Brave Manuel reached through the fence and was able to save a single gosling, Thatcher. He cared for the goose until Thatcher was brought to Farm Sanctuary, his forever home.
I hate geese, they’re territorial as fuck and birds are not my jam, however, I don’t want any harm to come to them. Reading about baby geese being fed to a dog made me very upset (for both the geese and the dog) but reading about Manuel’s compassion and drive to act filled me with hope. Knowing that Thatcher will live a full, happy life because Farm Sanctuary exists makes me even more motivated to increase my fundraising efforts for them over the next year.
Donate to Farm Sanctuary
If you want to help Farm Sanctuary and all the beautiful rescued animals they care for, like Thatcher, consider making a donation to my San Diego Walk for Farm Animals donor page! There’s just a few weeks left :)
Thank you to all of our generous donors!
I’d like to thank all the raffle donors. Without their gifts, the raffle would not have been such a wild success:
- Girl on the Go! Night Spa: 90 minute massage
- Amy Angelo Photography: Portrait session
- Katie’s Healing Kitchen: Seat at a vegan four-course pop-up dinner with wine
- Pigment: giftcard
- Modern Times Brewery: T-shirt and giftcard
- Veggie Grill: 4 entree giftcards
- Wine Vault & Bistro: 2 wine flights
- Nature’s Heroes Vegan Apparel: Skateboard, bandana & notebook
- Amanda Van Buren: Original artwork
- Callie Coker: Earth Balance snack basket