Sprecher’s to host fundraiser for Lakeland Animal Shelter

By Bob Peryea

Above is Tyson, a 5-month-old puppy that was born with sight and hearing impairments. Lakeland Animal Shelter helped rescue him from a life chained to a doghouse. He has since been adopted into a loving new home. Sprecher’s in Lake Geneva will be hosting a fundraiser Jan. 17 to help raise funds for animals with special needs like Tyson.


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Sprecher’s Restaurant and Pub, 111 Center St., will be hosting a fundraising event for the Lakeland Animal Shelter. The event “Treat Yourself for Ty” will be from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Jan. 17.

A portion of all the restaurant’s sales for the day will be donated to the shelter.

“We will be donating up to 20 percent of our net proceeds for the day,” said General Manager of Sprecher’s Steven Schroeder, “in fact, when someone becomes a Pub Club member, we are donating their entire $10 fee to the shelter.”

Sprecher’s Pub Club is a discount program that entitles card holders to lifetime dis-counts on food and beer, among other benefits. The $10 fee is the one-time fee to become a Pub Club member for life.

Lakeland Animal Shelter will be holding a raffle all day and giving away items donated by businesses throughout Walworth County.

“We try to do something like this (a charity event) every quarter,” Schroeder said. “We decided to do this shelter charity event instead of a party for our second anniversary in this location.”

He said the restaurant will also be donating $1 for invitations that customers bring with them that day.

“We feel that Lakeland is doing some very important work for our area, not only for the animals, but also for the people.”

The event is named for Tai and Tyson, tow animals that came to the shelter in need of medical attention. While Tyson was adopted into a loving home, Tai, a Siamese cat who came from a place with too many neglected cats, is waiting at the shelter for new parents to come and love her.

Executive Director of the Lakeland Animal Shelter Kristen Perry said, “These animals represent the thousands that come through our doors and need medical assistance.”

Perry said 2012 was a record year for animal intake, receiving more than 2,600 animals. Perry said the increase has been most apparent in the cat population. She also said the condition of all incoming animals has declined.

The money raised at the Sprecher’s event will tie into the shelter’s ongoing 90 in 90 campaign to raise $90K in 90 days for medical expenses. Perry estimates that the medical expenses for 2012 exceeded $150K.

With the economy still recovering from the recession, the shelter has had to come up with new ways to cover costs including outside fundraisers Perry said.

Fore more information call Sprecher’s at 248-7047 or the Lakeland Animal Shelter at 723-1000. Or visit

the shelter’s facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/events/512600398772156/.

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