"Paws For The Cause"
October 7 & 8, 2017
The Paws For The Cause Walkathon, the annual fundraiser for Taos Feral Feline Friends, was held October 7 and 8 with three volunteers completing the grueling 27 mile course. Veteran walker, Ben Mitchell (13 walks) and “Taos Unsung Hero”, Mish Rosete (11 walks) were joined by Dr. Kim Sides of the Salazar Road Veterinary Clinic, finishing her sixth walkathon. Over 1,000 miles have been walked since the first event in 2005.
This year’s walkathon party was held at the historic Bent Mason Lodge. Guests enjoyed live entertainment and a well-stocked sandwich and dessert buffet while exploring over 140 auction items, including oil paintings, prints, ceramics, jewelry and gift certificates generously donated by dozens of local artists, merchants and restaurants. Our foremost thanks go to the Masons who kindly donated their facility and their representative, Jean Verheyden, who worked tirelessly alongside our volunteers to ensure a successful event.
Taos Feral Feline Friends is grateful for the many volunteers and supporters who worked at or donated to this year’s event. In particular, we truly appreciate our business sponsors including this year’s Gold Sponsors: Acorn Graphics, the Ammann Gallery, the Columbine Inn, Peoples Bank and the Taos Spa and Tennis Club; and the Silver Sponsors: Rio Grande Ace Hardware and the Taos News.
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Paws For The Cause Photo Gallery
Mish Rosette* (left) and Ben Mitchell**
*2007 - 2017 Walker **2005 - 2017 Walker
These two young men have trekked hundreds of miles to raise money for TFFF!
Mish graduated from Taos High in 2009. He was Taos High School's Student Body President, School Board student representative, and State Debate Champion. Mish graduated from the University of New Mexico in 2014 and from UNM's Law School in May 2017.
Ben was the Taos High School Class of 2007 Valedictorian and State Debate Champion. In 2010, Ben graduated summa cum laude with a degree in mathematics from UC-Berkeley and received his Master's degree from the University of Oregon in 2013. Ben is currently Professor of Mathematics at El Camino College in Redondo Beach, CA.
Obviously, these are two incredible young men!
Dr. Kim Sides from the Salazar Road Veterinary Clinic
2012 - 2017 Walker
Dr. Kim Sides is owner of Salazar Road Veterinary Clinic in Taos. With a staff of four full time veterinarians, Dr. Sides manages the largest veterinary practice in Taos County. From the very start, Dr. Sides' dedication and generosity has been instrumental to making TFFF a success!
2008 -2011 Walker
Marc Kaplan is a veteran and the former Marketing Director for Taos Mountain Casino.
After four long walks, Marc retired in 2012 and is currently resting his sore feet in Phoenix, AZ.
From 2009: Our three intrepid walkers, high up in the Taos Ski Valley, begin their journey.
Left to Right: Ben Mitchell, Marc Kaplan, Mish Rosete
From 2011: The walkers enjoy a well-deserved snack courtesy of the Taos Cow
in Arroyo Seco.