Fundraiser for 4 Paws 1 Heart expected to be ‘sew’ much fun

By: K. Michelle Moran | Grosse Pointe Times | Published January 30, 2018

GROSSE POINTE WOODS — This year, even non-football fans can make Super Bowl Sunday memorable by, well, making something memorable.

Those who enjoy knitting, sewing and other needle arts are invited to an afternoon of creativity and camaraderie for a good cause.

From 1 to 5 p.m. Feb. 4, the Knotted Needle in Grosse Pointe Woods will be hosting a Super Bowl Scrimmage party to raise money for the St. Clair Shores-based nonprofit 4 Paws 1 Heart, which pays for medical treatment for stray, abused and abandoned animals. Party tickets cost $50 per person, and for each ticket purchased, people will receive 10 coupons for drawings that will be held throughout the event. There will be food and beverages — including chili — and needlepoint and knitting demonstrations are planned as well, along with a silent auction.

Becky Booth, of Grosse Pointe Shores, who owns the Knotted Needle, was so inspired by the work of 4 Paws 1 Heart — which has paid for costly and extensive medical treatment for animals that otherwise would have been euthanized — that she offered to host a fundraiser for them.

“Every single penny that comes in (during the fundraiser) is going directly to 4 Paws 1 Heart,” Booth said. “They deserve it. I just love what they do.”

In the seven years since it was launched, 4 Paws 1 Heart has paid $596,000 in medical bills for more than 4,500 animals, said Diana Rascano, the organization’s president and co-founder.

“Because we are a very small organization, we do not have the resources to solicit from corporations or apply for grants,” Rascano said in an email interview. “Consequently, individual donations, fundraisers hosted by us, and fundraisers hosted by our supporters are critical to accomplishing our mission. We have been truly blessed with small business support like The Knotted Needle and Girlie Girl, both in Grosse Pointe Woods, and a few others.”

She said 99.9 percent of the money the nonprofit receives goes to the veterinary hospitals that treat the animals.

“All operational expenses are donated by my husband and I, and no one gets paid,” Rascano said. “We all volunteer our time. We are a niche organization, and without our assistance, the animals we’ve helped would have died or been killed in shelters. We are also thankful that we have reduced the number of unwanted animals through our focus on spaying/neutering.”

Besides covering medical expenses for animals, 4 Paws 1 Heart helps furry friends in other ways.

“We also will assist rescuers with adoptions by providing promotional sources available to 501(c)(3) organizations, as well as generic documents to be used for adoptions,” Rascano said. “Because we have become well-known in our communities, we also get offers of pet food, which we will distribute to rescues, shelters, and those who do community outreach.”

She said most of the animals they assist are within metro Detroit, and the majority are from the east side.

“At this time of the year, the critical need is to assist animals who have been injured by cars, frozen due to the frigid temperatures, or those who are being randomly found needing basic spay/neuter (services) and vaccines,” Rascano said. “Come spring, which is where this fundraiser’s dollars will be used, the need is huge, as puppies and kittens are being born, heartworm in dogs is running rampant, and cases of upper respiratory infections in cats become deadly.”

Booth said several of the vendors she works with have donated items for the drawings and auction, including high-quality, hand-dyed yarn and needlepoint canvases. While most attendees will likely be sewing, knitting or needlepointing during this event, she said anyone can come, even if they don’t participate in fabric arts. Because so many items have been contributed by the vendors, Booth said many attendees will be going home with a prize of some sort. Attendees are welcome to purchase multiple party tickets, which will give them more coupons and greater odds of winning prizes.

And for those who do want to watch the Super Bowl, this event is scheduled so that participants can still catch the big game.

“We’re going to hang out and needlepoint and stitch and have good camaraderie,” Booth said. “I’m looking forward to it.”

To make sure that there’s enough food for everyone, Booth asks attendees to purchase tickets or at least make reservations in advance by calling the store. The Knotted Needle is located at 20229 Mack Ave. For reservations, tickets or more information, call (313) 886-2828 or visit www.knottedneedle.com.