Saint Frances holds ‘Dinner By the River’ event

  • Tuesday, May 13, 2014

The Rice Paddy Restaurant catered the four course dinner for 100 guests who attended Dinner By the River.

Many supporters of Saint Frances Animal Center gathered on the front lawn of Greenfield Plantation for the second annual Dinner By the River on Saturday, April 28.

Greenfield Plantation owner, Daralee Inman, opened her home for the ‘Dinner’ venue as a donation to Saint Frances Animal Center.

“We are very humbled by the generous offering of Greenfield Plantation as the site of the second annual Dinner By the River,” said Wendy Goude, executive director of Saint Frances, “She is truly a generous and caring person and a huge animal lover!”

Local eatery, Rice Paddy Restaurant, catered the four course dinner for 100 guests. All courses were under the direction of Rice Paddy executive chef, Matthew Branham and, co-owner, Nancy Kreidler.

The first course was in the gardens and entryway of the Greenfield mansion. Local guitarist and artist, Danny McLaughlin donated his talents to the course with his eclectic yet soothing choices of guitar instrumentals.

Dinner By the River guests were then escorted through the mansion and onto the picturesque riverside of the plantation for the final courses of the al fresco styled dinner.

During the dinner course, music was provided by the talented Glen Smith.

SFAC executive director, Wendy Goude, took to the stage and thanked all the attending SFAC supporters, board of directors, staff and volunteers and all of the event sponsors. Goude then introduced the key speakers of the evening.

Nancy Kreidler, co-owner and operator of the Rice Paddy Restaurant, SFAC supporter and adoptive parent of SFAC alumni spoke to the crowd of diners on the importance of adopting, donating and volunteering at the animal center.

Bradley Floyd, board president of Saint Frances Animal Center, encouraged attendees to continue their support of Saint Frances as the animal center reaches new heights in domestic animal welfare and rights. Floyd also touched on the subject of an upcoming capital campaign and plans to build a new facility and campus for SFAC.

Saint Frances Animal Center raised more than $16,000 at the 2nd annual Dinner By the River event. The proceeds will assist in the cost of food and medical care for over 200 cats and dogs currently housed at their facility.

SFAC also has a dream of building a special senior wing for their elderly residents. This housing unit would provide essential medical care and comforts of home for many homeless, aging animals located at the animal center.

If you were unable to attend the Dinner By the River event, but would like to offer monetary support, become a volunteer or adopt a deserving cat or dog at Saint Frances Animal Center, please call 843-546-0780, visit their website, www.sfanimals.org or drop by the Center, 125 Ridge St., Georgetown.

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