Prom scheduled for Nov. 12 at Faro Blanco

The Marathon campus of the Florida Keys SPCA is working on its first year celebration, a fundraising prom on Saturday, Nov. 12 from 6 to 10 p.m. at Faro Blanco’s lighthouse lawn. The non-profit is dedicated to protecting abandoned, unwanted, and mistreated animals. The $75 ticket includes a sponsored cocktail hour from Florida Keys Brewing, three-course meal, DJ and dancing and a huge silent auction helping Marathon’s four-legged friends.

“The past year has been amazing,” said Marathon’s FKSPCA Director of Operations Tara Vickrey. “The staff and board have worked together seamlessly and we collaborate well with the Key West campus.”

Vickrey is encouraging everyone to come dressed in their best prom getup, but says it’s only optional, the main thing is to raise money for the animals, 84 of them, who are sheltered at the Aviation Boulevard shelter. “All the proceeds will be used for things like food, medicine and spay and neuter services,” she said.

Jane Dawkins, FKSPCA Board of Director President, said she can’t believe it’s been a year already. “Our family got bigger and we are thrilled to bits about it,” she said from the Key West campus. “We respond to the needs to the community, and are so glad to be getting to know the Marathon community. We are fortunate to have Tara in Marathon, and Julie Botteri on our board. It’s only going to get better from here.”

Dawkins cited the retention of staff, and increase in volunteers as a great sign of where the shelter is heading in the future.

To buy tickets for Prom in Paradise, call Tara at 305-743-4800 or visit Flowers By J&J will be donating $5 from all corsage and boutonniere sales for Prom in Paradise to FKSPCA.  


Bueford, dressed as a lobster for Halloween, is ready for adoption at FKSPCA’s Marathon shelter.

By The Numbers

1 year

1,720 Square Feet of Shelter

6 employees

206 animals adopted

                94 dogs

                104 cats

                8 “others” like rabbits and hamsters

100 percent employee retention

43 volunteers

84 animals who need homes


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