Mar 12, 2020

Toto’s Gala Set to Raise over $150,000 moves online in response to COVID-19


Matching gifts encourage community support with online giving at critical time

Thank you to everyone who joined us for the online version of Toto's Gala!

The DCHS family came together in a big way for our animals. We want to give a big thanks to the donors who turned their tickets into donations, the sponsors who stood by us through all the changes and the many volunteers who reached out to help make it all happen. Thank you to the local businesses that donated items to our auction and everyone who bid and making this our second biggest auction we've ever had.

Two donors in particular put a big challenge out to our community, with Mounds Pet Food Warehouse offering to match online donations up to $25,000 and long-time supporter Richard Grum offering to match the next $10,000. In the end, our community came together and made the full $35,000 match. Overall, we are so happy to announce that we have made our net income goal for this event. Thank you to everyone who made this possible!


We have been carefully monitoring information from the CDC, WHO, Public Health Madison & Dane County, and other governmental agencies. Many are now encouraging large gatherings of people together to be cancelled, and Governor Evers just declared a public health emergency for Wisconsin. Given these recommendations, we now feel the right decision is to cancel Toto’s Gala 2020 out of consideration for the health of our community. This was not an easy decision to make, but our top priority is to ensure the well-being of our community and ensuring the virus isn’t transmitted further is crucial to protect the most vulnerable among us.

Toto’s Gala is the largest night of fundraising for Dane County’s animals, and one that brought our community of animal supporters together. We were looking forward to a glamorous night of puppy greeters, cocktails, dinner and dancing, having a good time making a big impact for the animals in our community, but the health and safety of our community must come first.

Your support is more critical than ever now. Our goal was to raise $150,000 from the event. We hope that you will show your support of Dane County Humane Society by making a donation to help us reach our fundraising goal. To see some of the happy endings made possible by your previous support, please watch the video we were going to share at the event.

Our generous matching gift donors, Mr. Dick Grum and Mounds Pet Food Warehouse, have graciously agreed to match all online donations through Monday, March 16 at 10am. All gifts $1,000 and above will be matched up to $25,000 from Mounds Pet Food Warehouse! And gifts of $100 and $500 will be matched up to $10,000 by Mr. Dick Grum.

In addition, our silent auction’s closing time will be changed to Monday, March 16th at 10am as well.

For almost 100 years, Dane County Humane Society has been this community’s local, non-profit shelter helping people help animals. Your generosity helps us help more people and animals each year, remaining open admission to help all animals needing our care today and every day. Please help us reach our goal of raising $150,000 by making a donation now.

To our ticket holders and sponsors, your ticket and sponsorship will be 100% deductible if you would like to still consider these a donation to Dane County Humane Society. If you would like a refund or to discuss your sponsorship, please contact Sarah Linn at (608)838-0413 ext. 185.

As heartbreaking as this decision is, we strongly believe this is the right decision for the safety of all concerned.

We thank you for your continued support.


Pam McCloud Smith

Executive Director

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