2nd Annual C.A.R.E.S. ‘Open Bite Nite’ raises $4,500 for local animal control

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Homeless Burien pets got a boost Saturday night when C.A.R.E.S. hosted another successful “Bite Nite” fundraiser, raising around $4,500.

Over 80 people attended the annual variety show, which was held at the Burien Elks Lodge.

Attendees enjoyed live music performed by The Pink Torpedoes, Train Wreck, and the Raven Lunatics; and stand-up comedy by eight local up-and-coming comedians, orchestrated by Burien native Robert Pidde.

A silent auction offered lively bidding for over 50 items ranging in value from $10 to $1000. Early tallies show about $4,500 was raised, and because all the talent and venue space was donated, almost all the proceeds will go directly to shelter support, including veterinary care.

A short video presentation highlighted some of the many animals that have been through the shelter, the volunteers and supporters, and recent improvements, such as the new cat quarantine room, outside exercise area, and examination room.

Burien C.A.R.E.S. thanks everyone for their support, with special thanks to the Burien Elks Lodge for stepping in when the fundraiser’s original venue burned in December, leaving them scrambling for a new venue, and for waiving their usual rental fee in order to help. The “Open Bite Nite” fundraiser is planned as a recurring annual event in support of Burien’s community animal shelter.

For more information, contact Burien CARES at 206-812-2737. The shelter is located at 909 SW 151st Street in downtown Burien.

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