Calling all “Dancing with the Stars” & ALDF Fans

Posted by Michelle Kownacki, Ben's Mom on August 24, 2009

On the evening of September 18, 2009, two winners will be drawn in the “Reaching for the Stars” Raffle benefitting the Animal Legal Defense Fund. What are the prizes you ask?

BenFirst: Two VIP tickets to see “Dancing with the Stars” filmed in  Los Angeles will be presented to one lucky winner. A two-night stay at the beautiful Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel and airfare for two to bring you to L.A. (within the U.S.) is included with the VIP tickets!

Second: Two round-trip airline tickets on Southwest lets the winner select their destination. Valid for one year with no blackout dates!

“Reaching for the Stars” Raffle tickets are available for a $10 donation to ALDF and if you make a $50 donation you receive 6 raffle tickets. Tickets may be obtained at Paws pet boutique, 64 State Circle, Annapolis, MD 21401 or online at More details can also be found there. Raffle tickets can also be obtained over the phone by calling Paws pet boutique at 410-263-8683.

Raffle winners will be drawn on the 4th Annual, Little Ben’s Cruise for Compassion in Annapolis, Maryland. (Winners need not be present to be eligible.)

If you are interested in joining us on this dog-friendly, 3-hour Cruise departing from the Annapolis City Dock at 7 PM, tickets are only $55/ person (dogs are free when accompanied by an adult) and may be purchased at Paws pet boutique or by calling 410-263-8683. Details can be found at

So why the raffle…why the Cruise…and who is Ben? Four years ago, a little, yellow-furred, very shy Jack Russell came to us (the owners of Paws pet boutique) when ALDF was given custody of over 325 dogs in the Woodley case. We named him gentle Ben, fostered him and thankfully adopted him. His white furry body is sprawled out over 2 plush beds as he sleeps next to me as I write this. Life is now good for Ben and hundreds of other dogs from that case THANKS to ALDF and their persistence to make sure losing the case was not an option. Our gratitude led us to begin Ben’s Cruise for Compassion, which this year has an outstanding raffle thanks to all those who helped up put it together.

I think making a donation to the Raffle is a great way to say “Thank you ALDF!” and you might just come out a winner too! Many animals have come out winners thanks to ALDF. 

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