‘After the Ball’ Comes at Critical Time for FAAS


Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Mark Sorensen (right) and his partner, Tom Squire, were among the local luminaries who came to raise funds to support the Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter (FAAS) as the group awaits the city’s decision on whether or not to increase funding. The event drew a record 480 and more attendees plus 60 shelter volunteers helping out. The exact amount raised is still being tallied, but FAAS officials estimate that attendees donated $26,000 to the FAAS medical fund alone. This fund saves the sick and injured animals that come into the shelter. “That covers a very big annual expense so we don’t have to euthanize these pets,” said Carla Thornton, development and communications director with FAAS. “We also auctioned 50 silent-auction items including donated trips to New York, Hawaii and Disneyland and three donated top-of-the-line iPads!”