Breakfast at Sniffany’s supports animal rescues
Breakfast at Sniffany’s supports Southern Md. animal rescue groups
On a beautiful Sunday morning in May, approximately 75 people and their canine companions gathered at the Holiday Inn, Solomons, for the sixth annual Breakfast at Sniffany’s. The fundraiser brunch and auction supports Southern Maryland animal rescues and is organized by the charity’s founder, Heather Maertens of Maertens Fine Jewelry, according to a news release.
With mimosas and leashes in hand, guests leisurely bid on auction items while enjoying the acoustic tunes of the local band, The Secondhand Pickles. A bountiful breakfast buffet was generously provided by Isaac’s Restaurant. Furry friends munched from a treat bar overflowing with gourmet dog treats. Blondie’s Bakery donated a tempting selection of its famous cupcakes.
There were contests and prizes for categories such as Best Dressed, Best Trick, Biggest Dog and Smallest Dog. Dogs in attendance ranged from under three pounds to almost 200 pounds. A precious pair of female dachshunds, Miele and Annie, won the prize for Best Dressed. They were decked out in frilly custom dresses with matching hats and coordinating feathers in their ears.
The four animal rescue organizations benefitting from the event are Patuxent Animal Welfare Society, the Humane Society of Calvert County, Calvert Animal Welfare Society, and Sugar Faces Senior Dog Rescue. Adoptable dogs were in attendance in search of their forever homes.
Melissa Carnes, founder of Sugar Faces said in the release, “I look for ward to Breakfast at Sniffany’s. The event radiates fun and flair. There are so many things to do, so many people to mingle and chat with and of course, so many dogs to play with. The event has also provided an incredible amount of financial support, which helps us pay veterinary costs for our senior dogs.”
“Breakfast at Sniffany’s is a true community event. This day could not happen without the support of our sponsors, auction donors and volunteers. It makes my heart so happy to look around and see so many smiling faces and wagging tails. I am so thankful for this wonderful area that I call home and am happy to give back when I can. I am immensely grateful for these animal rescue groups and all of the hard work that they do for our furry friends,” Maertens said in the release.
This year’s fundraiser raised more than $12,000 for the benefitting rescue groups. Top sponsors for Breakfast at Sniffany’s 2017 were Isaac’s Restaurant, Maertens Fine Jewelry and Floor Systems of Huntingtown. To become part of the event, email Maertens at email@example.com or stop by Maertens Fine Jewelry in the Lusby Commons Shopping Center.
Melissa Carnes of Sugar Faces Senior Dog Rescue, left, and Heather Maertens of Maertens Fine Jewelry pose for a picture with a rescue dog at Breakfast at Sniffany’s.
A pair of female dachshunds from Sugar Faces Senior Dog Rescue, Miele and Annie, won the prize for Best Dressed. They were decked out in frilly custom dresses with matching hats and coordinating feathers in their ears.
Melissa Carnes of Sugar Faces Senior Dog Rescue with rescued dog.
A couple of dogs check each other out.