Monday, February 27, 2012

La Dolce Vita Restaurant Sales On Leap Day, February 29th, Benefit Cat Care Society


La Dolce Vita Ristorante Italiano, 361 Village Square Lane in Castle Pines, will benefit Cat Care Society (CCS) all day Wednesday, February 29, 2012. Twenty percent of proceeds from all lunch and dinner sales at La Dolce Vita goes to Cat Care Society on Leap Day. Better yet, the restaurant is participating in Denver Restaurant Week (Feb. 25 through March 9), so Leap Day diners also enjoy selections from a special menu that includes an appetizer, entree, and dessert for two people for $52.80 (or $26.40 for a an individual).

At La Dolce Vita, diners savor the aroma of the wood burning oven and delight in the authentic Italian d├ęcor. They find themselves transported, as if by magic, to a quaint little village located somewhere off the coast of Sicily. Reservations are encouraged, especially if you're coming for lunch on February 29th. Be sure to call ahead and make a reservation: 303.663.3421. For more information visit the La Dolce Vita website at http://ladolcevitacastlepines.net

Many thanks to La Dolce Vita owner Ron Girardi for his generous 20% donation to Cat Care Society and CCS Volunteer Kyle Herbertson for arranging this special fundraising opportunity.

Link to the PR Web Newswire


Link to the PitchEngine Social Media Release

Friday, February 24, 2012

Mass Device - 'Occupy Washington: Med-tech delegations from 18 states set to take Capitol Hill'

Colorado BioScience Association President & CEO Holli Riebel and Dan Wittenberg, CBSA Public Policy Co-Chair, will be participating in Washington next week:

Details, quoting from the posting: "The medical device industry will have its voice heard on Capitol Hill next week, as delegations for med-tech and other life science sectors from 18 states converge on the nation's capitol to conduct coordinated visits to their local representatives in Congress.

Among the issues expected to be hammered home to lawmakers is the potential damage of the 2.3% medical device tax, slated to begin in 2013. The pilgrimage is part of a coordinated effort by AdvaMed's State Medical Technology Alliance, which organizes annual fly-ins for state associations that represent the interests of the medical device industry."

Link to the Mass Device posting

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Today's Top Story: 'Colorado life sciences firms saw higher VC funding last year'

Quoting from today's Bio SmartBrief posting:

"The Colorado life sciences industry drew $66.1 million in venture capital investments last year, up from $45.6 million the previous year, according to an OnBioVC report on national trends. Biopharmaceutical firms Mosaic Biosciences and PanTheryx; biofuel firms OPX Biotechnologies and ZeaChem; and device firms Precision Biopsy and Surefire Medical were the companies that received VC funding."

Link to Bio SmartBrief

The story originally posted Tuesday, Feb 21, at the Denver Business Journal website.

Link to OnBioVC.com

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

DBJ: 'VC investments in Colorado life science industry up in 2011'

Quoting from this morning's Denver Business Journal posting by L. Wayne Hicks:

"Venture capitalists invested $66.1 million in six Colorado companies working in the fields of biofuel, medical devices and biopharma last year, according to a report released Tuesday by OnBioVC...

The six Colorado companies that received VC funding last year are:

Mosaic Biosciences, a biopharma company specializing in wound healing: $1 million.

OPX Biotechnologies, a biofuel company: $36.5 million.

PanTheryx, a biopharma company: $1 million.

Precision Biopsy, a medical device company: $2.5 million.

Surefire Medical, a medical device company: $6.1 million.

ZeaChem, a biofuel company: $19 million."

Link to the Denver Business Journal

Link to the OnBioVC website

Monday, February 20, 2012

Girl Scouts in Parker Select Cat Care Society's Nibbles & Kibbles Cat Food Bank for Troop 624's Community Service Project

Girl Scout Daisy Troop #624 at Parker's North Star Academy selected the Cat Care Society (CCS) Nibbles & Kibbles Cat Food Bank for its annual community service project. The announcement is made by Diane Stoner, president of Cat Care Society, who says, "The donations filled most of the lower level meeting room area at the shelter and included cat food, litter, cat beds and other cat supplies. The Scouts even made toys for the Cat Care Society shelter kitties."

According to Stoner: "Nibbles & Kibbles provides food and cat litter for cats whose owners cannot provide food and litter for their pets because of a temporary financial setback. By providing temporary help for low-income families with pets, CCS helps owners avoid neglecting or abandoning their pets due to financial concerns. We're so very grateful for the Daisy Troop's support."

Mary C. Tate , troop leader, learned about Cat Care Society and Nibbles & Kibbles in the Girl Scout newsletter for troop leaders. Making the delivery of two carloads of donations were troop members Caitlin Tate (Mary's daughter) and India Choudhury. Cookie Chairperson Caroline Choudhury, India's Mom, assisted with the delivery. The girls also toured the shelter and Cat Clinic during their visit.

It All Starts With A Collection Box
CCS Volunteer Coordinator Jane Dorsey says, "It all starts with a collection box and a successful Nibbles & Kibbles Food Drives take off from there. Our theme is "Fighting Feline Famine" and we believe working with the Scouts provides a great educational experience, while at the same time serving an important unmet need in the community."

Link to learn more about Nibbles & Kibbles: http://www.catcaresociety.org/NibblesAndKibbles.html

Link to the Pitch Engine social media release

Link to the Parker YouHub posting

Check out CCS's Suellen Scott visiting with another Girl Scout troop touring the shelter and clinic January 7:


http://youtu.be/0nDG-so6IHg

Denver Post Photos: 'Cat Fanciers Competition At Adams County Fairgrounds'

Quoting from the Denver Post Media Center: "Several hundred cats, 40 pedigreed breeds and one non-pedigreed household pet category, were judged in a 10-ring show. Cat Fanciers Association to benefit Cat Care Society, which offers low cost neuter and spay operations and free dental exams for cats throughout February."

Link to view the 14 photos by John Leyba

Link to the article by Kristen Leigh Painter - online and in print 2/20 page 23A

Check out our Cat Care Society slides from the event:


http://youtu.be/Jpry8lO2zTI

Friday, February 17, 2012

9News Features This Weekend's Cat Show, Benefiting Cat Care Society

9News Anchor Corey Rose interviewed Cat Care Society Development Director about this weekend's Valentine Cat Show, benefiting CCS for a second year. Details follow:

The Wild Blue Yonder and Front Range Cat Fanciers (FRCF) will again produce the annual “10 All-Breed CFA Pedigreed and Non-Pedigreed Household Pet” Valentine's Cat Show on February 18 & 19, 8: 30 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day, at the Adams County Fairgrounds, 9755 Henderson Road, Brighton, as a special fund raising event for Denver's Cat Care Society (CCS). The announcement is made by Diane Stoner, CCS President, who says, "We're very pleased the FRCF will operate the Kitty Kafe and the Annual Raffle, with all proceeds from each benefiting the Cat Care Society."

Attendees will see pedigreed cats of many different breeds including: Abyssinians, American Bobtail, American Curl, American Shorthair, American Wirehair, Balinese, Birman, Bombay, British Shorthair, Burmese, Chartreux, Colorpoint Shorthair, Cornish Rex, Devon Rex, Egyptian Mau, European Burmese, Exotic, Havana Brown, Japanese Bobtail, Javanese, Korat, Laperm, Maine Coon Cat, Manx, Norweigian Forest Cat, Ocicat, Oriental, Persian, Ragdoll, Scottish Fold, Selkirk Rex, Siamese, Siberian, Singapura, Somali, Sphynx, Tonkinese, Turkish Angora, and Turkish Van. Plus, spectators will meet local and regional breeders and exhibitors of pedigreed cats and kittens. Further, those interested can show their family pet feline in a CFA cat show.

Admission: Adults $6, Children 12 and Under $4, Senior Citizens $4, and Families
$15. A web coupon saving $1 per individual admission and $3 per family admission is found at (please note this coupon must be printed out to redeem at the show and cannot be combined with any other coupon offer): http://www.frontrangecatfanciers.com/admission_coupon.htm

Information about the Kitty Kafe benefiting CCS is found at: http://www.frontrangecatfanciers.com/kitty_kafe.htm

Information about the raffle benefiting CCS is found at: http://www.frontrangecatfanciers.com/raffle_prizes.htm

Link to the PR Web news release

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Mile High Money Saver: 'Valentine’s Cat Show – Feb 18 & 19'

Quoting from the posting:

"There will be a fund raising raffle sponsored by the Front Range Cat Fanciers organization. Prizes include Avalanche Tickets and an official autographed hockey puck, gift certificates to the Blue Bonnet Cafe and Carrabba’s Italian Grill and various cat-centric artwork and crafts. Grab some breakfast or lunch on the fairgrounds at the ”Kitty Kafe.” Proceeds benefit the Cat Care Society."

Link to the Mile High Money Saver

Link to the Cat Care Society News Release about the Cat Show

It's Valentine's Week at Cat Care Society and We're Celebrating Some of Our Favorite Kitty Couples

Venus & Saturn

At 1 ½-years-old, Venus and Saturn are still very active. They love to play and chase, and are very good hunters. This brother-and-sister pair have been at Cat Care Society since March 2011. They are a bit nervous and may not want to live with small children.

Mickie & Scooter

These 1 ½-year-old sisters are the perfect bachelorettes! Mickie is missing one leg, but it doesn’t slow her down! Her favorite activities are running and “lapping” (your lap, not hers). Scooter is the curious girl and loves to investigate anything new. She loves to be talked to and will perk up and run right to you. They have been together their whole lives and would like to be adopted together.

Biscuit & Buster

Biscuit and Buster are a classic “little old couple.” These 15-years-young cats are active, outgoing, and light up a room with their warmth and enthusiasm. Their bunny-soft fur makes them ideal lap-warmers. They love to be held and shower adoration on you. If you meet them, you are sure to fall in love!

Link for more information: http://www.catcaresociety.org/adoption_cats.html

9News: Cat Care Society's Suellen Scott and Darling Tuxedo Kitty Garth Visit Petline9 This Morning

Meet Garth. He is a 14-year-old Tuxedo. He's lived with dogs, cats, hamsters and children. Garth loves to be brushed, held, cuddled and near children. He is micro-chipped. His owners were moving and could not take him with them. He really wants his own forever family.

Here is Garth's Petfinder profile: http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/19995545

Because Garth is over 10 years, he is eligible for the Cat Care Society Perpet-U-Care program. The CCS Cat Clinic will provide $250 per year in medical care for the senior adoptee.

Check out all the other kitties waiting for their forever homes at Cat Care Society: http://www.catcaresociety.org/adoption_cats.html

The CCS main shelter is located at: 5787 W. 6th Avenue in Lakewood. Hours:

Tuesday through Friday Noon - 5:30 p.m.
Saturday 11 am - 4:30 p.m.
Sunday Noon – 3 p.m.
Closed Monday

Reminder: this weekend is the Front Range Cat Fanciers Show at the Adams County Fair Grounds in Brighton. Cat Care Society will be there.

Link for more information: http://www.prweb.com/releases/2012/2/prweb9190503.htm

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

The Cat Show Is Coming! Feb 18 & 19, Adams County Fairgrounds in Brighton

Make sure to stop by this weekend - proceeds from the Kitty Kafe and Annual Raffle benefit Cat Care Society.

The Wild Blue Yonder and Front Range Cat Fanciers (FRCF) will again produce the annual “10 All-Breed CFA Pedigreed and Non-Pedigreed Household Pet” Valentine's Cat Show on February 18 & 19, 8: 30 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day, at the Adams County Fairgrounds, 9755 Henderson Road, Brighton, as a special fund raising event for Denver's Cat Care Society (CCS). The announcement is made by Diane Stoner, CCS President, who says, "We're very pleased the FRCF will operate the Kitty Kafe and the Annual Raffle, with all proceeds from each benefiting the Cat Care Society."

Attendees will see pedigreed cats of many different breeds including: Abyssinians, American Bobtail, American Curl, American Shorthair, American Wirehair, Balinese, Birman, Bombay, British Shorthair, Burmese, Chartreux, Colorpoint Shorthair, Cornish Rex, Devon Rex, Egyptian Mau, European Burmese, Exotic, Havana Brown, Japanese Bobtail, Javanese, Korat, Laperm, Maine Coon Cat, Manx, Norweigian Forest Cat, Ocicat, Oriental, Persian, Ragdoll, Scottish Fold, Selkirk Rex, Siamese, Siberian, Singapura, Somali, Sphynx, Tonkinese, Turkish Angora, and Turkish Van. Plus, spectators will meet local and regional breeders and exhibitors of pedigreed cats and kittens. Further, those interested can show their family pet feline in a CFA cat show.

Admission: Adults $6, Children 12 and Under $4, Senior Citizens $4, and Families $15. A web coupon saving $1 per individual admission and $3 per family admission is found at (please note this coupon must be printed out to redeem at the show and cannot be combined with any other coupon offer): http://www.frontrangecatfanciers.com/admission_coupon.htm

Information about the raffle benefiting CCS is found at: http://www.frontrangecatfanciers.com/raffle_prizes.htm

You do not have to be present to win a raffle prize, but you must be able to pick up the prize no later than 4 p.m. on Sunday afternoon, February 19.

Link to the PR Web Newswire

Link to the Pitch Engine Social Media Release

Monday, February 13, 2012

Aurora Sentinel: 'New directions for Fitzsimons Life Science District'

Quoting from the December 15th article:

"With new board members seated, a search on for a new executive director, and construction crews working on a shiny new wing to their headquarters, the Fitzsimons Redevelopment Authority is undergoing some substantial changes.

And all of it, officials say, is aimed at better positioning the 15-year-old organization to boost the local bioscience industry."

Link to the article

Aurora Sentinel: 'Victories for CID4 a victory for Colorado bioscience industry, too'

Quoting from the January 26th article by Brandon Johansson:

"The organization, which stands for Colorado Institute for Drug, Device and Diagnostic Development, helped Sophono get its start, providing some initial investment capital that helped Sophono get off the ground. Last year’s jobs announcement from Sophono was part of 16 new, direct jobs created in the first quarter of 2011 by a company affiliated with CID4, according to CID4’s annual metric report released last month...

Kevin Smith, the organization’s CEO, said in terms of direct jobs, that proved to be CID4’s biggest quarter since the organization got its start in 2009...

Smith said that in the case of PeptiVir, a company working to develop an influenza vaccine, the CID4 investment helped the company to leverage the state for an additional grant.

'It was a perfect example,' he said.

Holli Riebel, CEO of the Colorado Bioscience Association, said in situations like that, CID4 has played an important role for bioscience companies.

When those companies get their start, they often don’t have the finances necessary to test their product, let alone take it to market, she said. CID4 provides the initial capital that companies need to help them seek other forms of investment, including government grants.

'Every little bit moves along to the next stage and makes them more attractive to bigger donors,' she said."

Saturday, February 11, 2012

The Cuddly Friends Profile: Denver's Cat Care Society

Quoting from The Cuddly Friends Blog...

"Cat Care Society (CCS) was founded in 1981 by Linda East, DVM and Lynn Rowe. CCS is a nonprofit organization and was established in order to improve the quality of life for homeless, injured and abused cats in the Denver metropolitan area. The Society's goals are:

To sponsor educational programs that promote responsible pet ownership, humane treatment of all animals, and the elimination of pet overpopulation;

To shelter cats in a healthy, cage free environment and to find compatible and responsible families for every cat;

To provide community outreach programs that improve the quality of life for cats and people;

To be a friend to all cats."

Link to The Cuddly Friends blogpost

Wednesday, February 08, 2012

Examiner.com: 'Cat show to benefit Lakewood's Cat Care Society' February 18 & 19 at Adams County Fairgrounds

Quoting Carrie Dow, Lakewood Pet Examiner:

"Love felines? Then what better month to see some of the best cats the Front Range has to offer than the Valentine's Cat Show put on by the Wild Blue Yonder Cat Fanciers and the Front Range Cat Fanciers. The cat show will be held Saturday and Sunday, February 18 and 19, at the Adams County Fairgrounds in Brighton. This fully licensed Cat Fanciers Association (CFA) event will help the Cat Care Society of Lakewood.

This year's show will feature cats from a variety of breeds and will also include a Household Pet category. Judging begins at 8:30 a.m. both Saturday and Sunday. As a CFA licensed show, CFA show rules will be used. Breeders can enter their cats until February 13 or until the show limit of 225 cats is reached. For entry information, contact the Front Range Cat Fanciers on their website. Entries are taken by mail, fax or online. The Valentine's Cat Show will be held at the Exhibitions Hall on the fairgrounds."

Link to the posting

Link to information about the Cat Fancier's Valentine's Show Benefiting Cat Care Society

Wednesday, February 01, 2012

Valentine's Day is Coming...Cat Care Vineyards Orders Arrive In About A Week

Valentine's Day is coming and what better gift or way to celebrate than with wine? Deliveries take about a week, so there's still time before February 14th, if you act now. Cat Care Society has partnered with Benefit Wines to raise funds with its new "Cat Care Vineyards" selection of wines:

Love Me Malbec - A medium bodied and soft Malbec will delight with plums, leather and chocolate overtones. With well balanced acidity it provides a juicy and easy drinking wine.

Prowlin' Pinot - Layers of ripe red fruit flavors are among the distinctive features of this elegant varietal. It's fresh on the palate, with a long, lingering finish.

Kitten Kabernet - Rich and ripe this Cabernet features ripe berry aromas and an intensely fruity character. Smooth and well structured, it has soft velvety tannins on the finish.

Cotton Chardonnay - Lively and unoaked, this crisp, medium-bodied wine has lovely straw-yellow hues and aromas of apricots, apples and tropical fruits.

Benny's Select Merlot - This estate grown, handcrafted merlot shows a deep red color with aromas of black pepper and ripe red fruit. Soft and well balanced this merlot displays all the characteristics of the varietal.

SHHH-auvignon Blanc - This crisp, mouth-watering wine captivates with refreshing tropical and citrus fruit flavors, and a clean, well-balanced finish.

All are certified organic and vegan friendly.

Link to learn more and order individual bottles or the Collector's and Sampler packages. A portion of each purchase benefits Cat Care Society - see product descriptions.