SPCA: Event (proceeds) going to the dogs

Chris Racette (left) with KYC chef Dean Hossack and picture of Racette’s dog Douglas

A fundraiser planned for March 10 at the Kelowna Yacht Club will be for animals—BCSPCA animals.

After recently losing his best friend and companion, a malamute-cross named Douglas, event organizer Chris Racette, wanted to do something to help animals at the shelter. Douglas fell ill last summer and succumbed in November.

A definitive diagnosis was not found. Racette, still mourning her death, wanted to do something to help animals in need while celebrating the life of his dog. So he decided to plan a fundraiser in memory of Douglas.

Racette has put together the evening, while Kelowna Yacht Club executive chef Dean Hossack is busy creating a meal for those who come out to support the cause.  Hossack will prepare a buffet of flavourful items, including an array of fresh salads made from local ingredients, local artisan breads, slow roasted baron of beef, Spanish roasted chicken and a choice of desserts to end the evening, including chocolate paté.

The event will be held on Thursday, March 10 at the yacht club. A wine reception will start at 5 p.m. with dinner at 6:30 p.m.

The event will include silent and live auctions and will have live entertainment featuring Anna Jacyszyn and the Jazz Café Trio.

Hossack began his career at Southern Alberta Institute of Technology in Calgary. He graduated with honours in 1996 and returned to Kelowna. He began his apprenticeship at the Lake Okanagan Resort and continued to complete classes at the Okanagan College graduating top of his class in 1999.

His career has taken him to kitchens at the Okanagan Golf Club, The Coast Capri Hotel and now the Kelowna Yacht Club.

He is also known on the national and international stage, having twice competed as a member of Culinary Team BC. In 2002, that team placed fourth in world standings in the regional category at Expogast in Luxembourg. In 2008, as team manager, Hossack helped lead B.C. to a gold medal.

Tickets for the BCSPCA event are $35 each and can be purchased at any ticket outlets including the BCSPCA in Kelowna, Tail Blazers on KLO, The Kelowna Yacht Club or the Sandman Hotel and Suites. Space is limited.

For more information call the BCSPCA at 250-861-7722.

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