Centennial College Students Raise Over $1500 With Dessert Pawty

Centennial College Students present fundraising cheque to Oasis Animal Rescue staff

Dessert Pawty organizers present a fundraising cheque for over $1500 to Oasis Animal Rescue staff
during the holiday season.
(left to right) Sam Luciani of Oasis, Dessert Pawty Organizers Courtney Robert, and
Caleb MacGillivray, Cora Wideman of Oasis.
Unavailable: Dessert Pawty team members Rachael Beeransingh, Michelle Robertson and Katie Bull.


Oasis Animal Rescue has had the special honour of being the recipient of a fundraiser in December hosted by students from Centennial College’s Corporate Communications & Public Relations program.

Combining their passion for animals and all things sweet, the event organizing students (Courtney Robert, Michelle Robertson, Caleb MacGillivray, Katie Bull and Rachael Beeransingh) creatively produced a dessert tasting party – suitably dubbed “Dessert Pawty” – that featured samples of desserts from bakeries around Durham Region.

Held at the Greenwood Discovery Pavilion in Ajax, the Dessert Pawty was a SWEET success and, through their auction and the sale of raffle tickets, this amazing student team was able to raise  $1,507.80 to benefit the pets-in-need at Oasis Animal Rescue And Education Center.

“Oasis is deeply appreciative”, says Executive Director Janet Smith. “It’s incredible what the Dessert Pawty team has been able to achieve! We’re honoured indeed that they selected the pets in care at Oasis to benefit from their event and the money they’ve raised is a tremendous help.”

“Without financial, volunteer and foster care help from the community, there’s absolutely no way we could help Durham Region pets in need”, Janet says. “The contribution from The Dessert Pawty team’s efforts will go directly towards pet food, veterinary care and re-homing costs. My sincere thanks go out to Rachael, Caleb, Courtney, Michelle and Katie….we’re very grateful.”

The importance of the Dessert Pawty team’s support cannot be under-estimated. Thanks again to each of the team members for everything they have done for Durham Region pets-in-need.

Every domestic pet in care at Oasis Animal Rescue and Education Center in Oshawa has an unfortunate story. Some have been mis-treated, lost or abandoned and others simply need a new home due to changing circumstances: perhaps the owner has died or the family situation has changed. Through no fault of their own, these loving, domestic pets find themselves in need.

Since opening in January 2011, Oasis Animal Rescue has supported almost 700 Durham Region pets-in-need during their search for forever homes and there are currently over 100 cats, kittens, dogs and rabbits available for adoption.

The unique Oasis Pet Food Bank, which was created to ease the problem of pets being abandoned to the streets when families face financial problems, now also provides pet food and kitty litter supplies that help over 1000 registered Durham Region residents to keep their cherished pets.


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