Spring Bling raises $75,000+ for Pet Rescue Center

Spring Bling raises $75,000+ for Pet Rescue Center

Self-proclaimed hippie Christine Madruga has morphed into a canine Florence Nightingale, healing and finding approved homes for over 9,000 homeless or abused dogs through her nonprofit, no-kill Pet Rescue Center in Coachella, which has dominated her life for over 16 years.

To continue funding her work, more than $75,000 was raised at the shelter’s “Spring Bling” luncheon held at the luxurious Hideaway Resort in La Quinta. DJ Dave provided smooth music on the club’s exclusive terrace where 30 white linen tables were set. Nearly 250 guests paid $125 for lunch tickets that included domed chopped salad topped with broiled chicken breast, plus champagne and fabulous shopping for chic fashions, jewelry, and handbags.

Madruga, the center’s founder and director, thanked her long-time fundraiser Melanie Scherer and her event committee Priscilla Avedon, Ginny Goodrich, Sheri Lane, Carmine Grifferty, Hilary Holt and Sue Murphy plus many dedicated volunteers.

“It does take a village to allow these broken dogs to… just be dogs,” Scherer said, adding her own thanks to the Hideaway clubhouse staff, friends, their husbands and Christine’s “silent angels” at the Center. “They are all phenomenal,” Scherer added.

Among the vendors donating 20 percent of sales was Palm Beach jewelry designer Stephanie Kantis who flew in to personally assist guests.

One of the afternoon’s happy-ending stories was the touching tale of a poodle mutt called “Jimmie Bob Crane,” rescued after being doused with acid. An old Indian remedy, slippery elm powder, helped heal him, as it has other animals. After rehabilitation, he was placed in a compatible Calgary, Canada, forever home.

The Pet Center’s vet, Dr. Eric Jackman of Desert Dunes Animal Hospital, was praised for providing hugely discounted spay, neuters and injury care for rescued dogs.

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