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Chester County SPCA’s fund-raiser returns to home of E. Marlborough animal advocates

East Marlborough Township Supervisors' Chairman Cuyler Walker, shown with several of his Labradors, will host the upcoming Chester County SPCA's Forget-Me-Not Gala with his wife, Katie Ryan Walker.

East Marlborough Township Supervisors’ Chairman Cuyler Walker, shown with several of his Labradors, will host the upcoming Chester County SPCA’s Forget-Me-Not Gala with his wife, Katie Ryan Walker.

Those who missed last year’s memorable Forget-Me-Not Gala will get another chance to enjoy a spectacular Unionville backdrop for the Chester County SPCA’s 26th annual fund-raiser.

The home of East Marlborough Township Supervisors’ Chairman Cuyler Walker and his wife, Katie Ryan Walker – used for scenes in two films by M. Night Shyamalan — will welcome guests on Sunday, June 9, from 5 to 8 p.m. for an evening of entertainment, food and libations to support the work of the county’s non-profit, animal-advocacy organization.

This year’s emcee will be Sue Serio, Fox 29’s weather anchor for “Good Day Philadelphia.” The event will include the traditional carriage parade, canine demonstrations by U.S. Customs officials, commemorative portraits by Gifford Photography, and live and silent auctions.

The carriage parade is always a highlight of the Chester County SPCA's Forget-Me-Not Gala.

The carriage parade is always a highlight of the Chester County SPCA’s Forget-Me-Not Gala.

Calling the Walker property an “ideal venue” for the fund-raiser, Rich Britton, a Chester County SPCA spokesman, said the agency is especially grateful for the Walkers’ willingness to host back-to-back events.

“It’s an elegant garden party that gets better every year,” said Britton. “The best restaurants. Martini, champagne and open bars. Awesome music, silent and live auctions. A wonderful event where true animal lovers come together to celebrate and support the work of the Chester County SPCA, an open access shelter that turns no animal in need away.”

Contrary to popular belief, the Chester County SPCA does not receive government funding and is not affiliated with any national organization. Thus, it relies on residents’ donations for costs that include investigating cruelty cases and rescuing the animals involved in them.  SPCA officials said the agency responds to 400 and 500 abuse complaints a year.

Tickets for the gala, which must be purchased by June 5, begin at $175 per person, $150 of which is eligible for a tax deduction. Sponsorship opportunities are also available. For more information, visit http://www.ccspca.org/events1/forget-me-not-gala-2013/.

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